ABSTRACT

Thomas Woodrow Wilson at the age of twenty-one was a formed character. All the chief outlets for his libido had been established and, except for an intensified identification of himself with God after his defeat by West, he did not greatly change in the remaining forty-seven years of his life. Our study of his character must, therefore, proceed from a slightly altered standpoint. We have hitherto been concerned with determining what accumulators and outlets for his libido were established in his childhood, youth and adolescence. We shall henceforth be concerned with observing his attempts to find happiness through the established outlets. We shall exchange the microscope with which we have been examining isolated portions of his libido for a field glass with which we shall observe him as a human being in action attempting to satisfy his desires.