All efforts directed toward the correcting of temperamental or mental

blemishes or defects and nervous conditions are of benefit to humanity.

In producing this book the Author's purpose was to help mankind to

overcome these weaknesses, which are a serious impediment to mental

development, and hinder personal advancement and general progress. The

aim of the Publishers in issuing this translation is to put into the

of those who wish to overcome their failings, become masters of

themselves, and command the attention and respect of others, a work that

has been thoroughly tested abroad and one that will be found of

exceptional service in attaining the end in view--the securing of a

perfect balance.

This book is written in two parts. The first points to the need of Poise

in daily life, indicates the obstacles to be overcome, and discusses the

effects of Poise on personal efficiency. The second instructs the reader

how to secure that evenness of temperament which is the chief

characteristic of Poise. It includes, in addition, a series of practical

physical exercises to be used in acquiring Poise.

If such a work as this is to do good, if the reader really wishes to

benefit by the advice that it gives him, it must be read thoughtfully

and diligently, not fitfully and forgetfully, and the reader most

steadfastly keep before him the maxim of the Author--"Poise is a power

derived from the Mastery of Self."