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Compelled or Impelled?

Judy Vorfeld

COMPELLED: You’ve no choice.

IMPELLED: To do some­thing even if you may not like doing it; it’s the right thing to do.

(Example: when I was a kid, I some­times  took small change from one of the draw­ers in my par­ents’ dresser, went to the store on the cor­ner, and bought good­ies. Mostly candy.  If I had had a big­ger con­science at that time, I would have felt impelled to con­fess. But I didn’t. My con­science was still being formed. Instead, I was com­pelled to tell the truth because I was caught in the act. Punishment followed.)


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