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Juvenile Achievement as Related to Size

by Howard A. Gray & Leta S. Hollingworth - 1930

CURRENT psychoanalytic theories of motivation state, without offering verifiable evidence, that intellectual superiority arises as a "compensation" for inferiorities of physique.1 This idea, that the successful are those motivated by physical disadvantage, is, however, not of recent origin, but was set forth at least as long ago as 1597 by Francis Bacon,2 who saw deformity as "an advantage to rising," because "whosoever hath anything fixed in his person that doth induce contempt, hath also a perpetual spur in himself to rescue and deliver himself from scorn."

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 32 Number 3, 1930, p. 236-244
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 7090, Date Accessed: 5/28/2020 12:33:32 AM

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