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364 LACK OF INITIATIVE. Failure to embrace opportunities for self-
365 advancement, fear to express opinions, lack of confidence in one's own ideas,
366 giving evasive answers to questions asked by superiors, hesitancy of manner and
367 speech, deceit in both words and deeds.
368 LACK OF AMBITION. Mental and physical laziness, lack of self-assertion,
369 slowness in reaching decisions, easily influenced by others, the habit of criticizing
370 others behind their backs and flattering them to their faces, the habit of
371 accepting defeat without protest, quitting an undertaking when opposed by
372 others, suspicious of other people without cause, lacking in tactfulness of
373 manner and speech, unwillingness to accept the blame for mistakes.
375 This fear may be traced to both physical and social heredity. It is closely
376 associated, as to its origin, with the causes of fear of Old Age and the fear of
377 Death, because it leads one closely to the border of "terrible worlds" of which
378 man knows not, but concerning which he has been taught some discomforting
379 stories. The opinion is somewhat general, also, that certain unethical people
380 engaged in the business of "selling health" have had not a little to do with
381 keeping alive the fear of ill health.
382 In the main, man fears ill health because of the terrible pictures which have been
383 planted in his mind of what may happen if death should overtake him. He also
384 fears it because of the economic toll which it may claim.
385 A reputable physician estimated that 75% of all people who visit physicians for
386 professional service are suffering with hypochondria (imaginary illness). It has
387 been shown most convincingly that the fear of disease, even where there is not
388 the slightest cause for fear, often produces the physical symptoms of the disease
389 feared.
390 Powerful and mighty is the human mind! It builds or it destroys. Playing upon
391 this common weakness of fear of ill health, dispensers of patent medicines have
392 reaped fortunes. This form of imposition upon credulous humanity became so

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