Nature maketh monsters
Posted by gkb on January 17, 1998 at 10:52:42:
In response to Was JA pro-balance?, written by Helen on January 16, 1998 at 12:43:07
] And where do you place the "motiveless malignity" of a Wickham (the quote is Coleridge on Iago, by the way).
I place that kind of action on the same 'scale' as other Vorteces of Dissipation--smaller dosage dopamine delivery systems in the brain making some people of a character type that is always seeking for more novelty and excitement because ordinary activities do not reward them. Then, constant frustration and common obstacles that a more placid temperament takes in stride become negative feedback generators that stir up excitement even if not a very healthy form of excitement. Like in the Watsons, the sister who would rather have quarreling going on than nothing at all.
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