SOCIABILITY AND PERSONAL IDEAS
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This chapter shows the origin and growth of social ideas and feelings in the mind of the individual, and also the nature of society as we may find it implied in these ideas and feelings. A child who is extremely sociable, bubbling over with joy in companionship, may yet show a total incomprehension of pain and a scant regard for disapproval and punishment that does not take the form of a cessation of intercourse. The voice is the object of close observation. The intentness with which a child listens to it, the quickness with which he learns to distinguish different voices and different inflections of the same voice, and the fact that vocal imitation precedes other sorts. The first unequivocal case of smiling in response to a smile was noticed on the twenty-sixth day of this month. The chief fame of some painters rests upon their power to portray and suggest certain rare kinds of feeling.