Solving Personality Problems

Many of our troubles involve what we call difficult personalities. Certain undesirable traits seem to persist in an individual and make it difficult to get along with him. And sometimes the annoying traits are our own, and we do not seem to be able to get rid of them.

When giving a Christian Science treatment, a practitioner sometimes finds that the patient's stubbornness or self-righteousness or vanity stands out boldly and would appear to be the cause of the patient's disease. But too often when a healing has taken place, the patient who has acknowledged the questionable trait as an error goes right on being as difficult to get along with after the healing as he was before it. Personality traits seem more persistent than physical ailments.

One's personality, considered from a material standpoint, is often called his soul. It is the ego that in the individual person is conscious of itself and says, "I am." The material personality appears to have developed not only its traits but its entire outlook through the experiences of the material senses. From birth, everything that happens to the material personality has come through seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, or feeling something. And some of the sensitivity to sensory experiences or the reaction to them is attributed to hereditary influences.

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Of Good Report
June 26, 1965

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