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I liked the cartoon I saw in Partnership magazine for spouses of pastors. It showed the television news commentator delivering the following message: “Fire completely destroyed the parsonage of the Maple Avenue Church early this morning, doing an estimated $37 worth of damage.” “In a famous experiment with nursery- school children, psychologist F. T. Merei organized relatively passive children into play groups and let them play for several days with the same toys and games. Each group developed its own behavior patterns as well as its own traditions of who played with which toys. Once these patterns were set, Merei added an older child to each group, introducing the newcomer as the leader. For this role, he chose children who were eighteen months older than the others and who had shown signs of dominance in other situations at the nursery school. All of these new leaders tried to take charge, but most failed. Merei’s explanation: ‘The group absorbed the leader, forcing…

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