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Saturday, June 21 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
“The Grace to Accept What We Cannot Change”: The Implications of Inherent Differences in Temperament

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Temperament often has been treated as the most elusive, undefinable—even ineffable—of human personality traits. In fact, though, temperament has become one of the best-understood aspects of human personality thanks to the work of the Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan. In this presentation, Walter Donway will explain what Kagan means by “temperament,” outline the evidence for inherent temperament, and try to give a sense of what it means to be of a given temperament. He will distinguish temperament from other components of emotional make-up, such as sense of life, and from common long-term emotional states. Donway will argue that if a given temperament is inherent in each of us, it is crucial to understand and accept temperament as something that—within limits—we must accept in ourselves, our children, our romantic partners, and everyone with whom we interact. Equally crucial is to understand the scope within which temperament can be modified by experience—and ultimately by choice.

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Walter Donway

Publisher, Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Romantic Revolution Books
Walter Donway was one of the first trustees of the Atlas Society and served as trustee for 20 years; he was editor of the organization's first publication and has contributed many print and online articles to TAS. Walter is a poet ("Touched By Its Rays" and "How Glad I am for Man, Tonight") and fiction writer ("The Price of Hannah Blake," "The Lailly Worm," "O Human Child," and "Holidays Frightened My Father and Other Stories") who created the... Read More →

Saturday June 21, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Loft South Manchester Country Club

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