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The previous chapter dealt with relaxation as being the other side of tension, and concluded with an example of a boy whose problem lay in his low level of arousal. Even in a potentially anxiety-provoking situation the point on the 'tension ... relaxation' continuum at which he operated was such that his emotional involvement was characterised by placidity, calmness and detachment. This type of problem is almost certainly much more widespread than would be imagined from the frequency with which parents and teachers seek help with its alleviation. This is quite understandable in that such behaviour rarely gives rise to the intensity of concern given by those states associated with high levels of tension. A child who is observed as having a very calm and placid outlook on life is not usually rated as being in need of help, although his teachers and his parents may suggest that a charge of dynamite placed in near proximity to him might serve to wake him up!