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Relatives of manic patients, who have high rates of hypomania, have consistently been found to be far above average in income, occupational edye, and creativity.

Nov 01, Art King rated it it was amazing. Temperament may not be the only factor. The Mayer and Selznick families helped create the peculiarly American art form of the Hollywood film, but familial bipolar disorders led to the fall of their empires. Hpyomanic his audacious and persuasive thesis to life, Gartner offers case histories of some famous Americans who represent this phenomenon of hypomania.

I skimmed the parts of this I was interested in. Discover what to read next. Oct 17, Abhishek rated it really liked it Shelves: Columbus, who discovered the continent, thought he was the messiah. In every census from toas long as they have been keeping records, immigrants were significantly more likely to be self-employed than natives.

Immigrants are often described as a highly entrepreneurial group. Having learned in our conversation that they were hypomanic, the CEOs wanted to talk about it. Looking for hyomanic books? America has been a ship riding the waves of irrational exuberance for hundreds of years, and she’s not likely to change course any time soon.

In truth, it was both. This appetite for edgr — so great one might say it was imprinted in American genes — has not diminished with time but remains a continuing edgf of lthe nation’s vitality.


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He also contends that hypomania is a peculiarly American trait. After the stock market and the World Trade Center came crashing down in succession, one might have expected a pessimistic mood to take hold in America.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Americans, by contrast, bounce back from failures, scandals, and bubbles with infinitely renewable confidence. Hypomanics are brimming with infectious energy, irrational confidence, and really big ideas. When asked, “Do you think that starting a new business is a respected occupation in your community? Energy, drive, cockeyed optimism, entrepreneurial and religious zeal, Yankee ingenuity, messianism, and arrogance — these traits have long been attributed to an “American character.

The answer lies in our genes, according to psychologist John Gartner.

Open Preview See a Problem? The drives that motivate behavior surge to a screaming pitch, making the urgency of action irresistible.

We’re adding more reviews and coverage every month. If you hypomxnic an impulsive, optimistic, high-energy risk taker, you are more likely to undertake a project that requires a lot of energy, entails a lot of risk, and might seem daunting if you thought about it too much. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive?

The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success in America

His magic diamond, he claimed, was going to “fix the U. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Also, this work is not a rigorous scientific defense of his thesis that immigrants with a higher proportion of hyperthymian than those who stayed in the Old World have been a significant factor in American culture.

It would be surprising if they didn’t. Nothing could dim Gross’s enthusiastic confidence. You could practically see the ideas bursting out of it, one after another, each more offbeat, more original, more promising than the last. This self-selection process is the boldest natural experiment ever conducted.


Selznick smoking five packs a day. He could have jumped directly from Gartner’s book.

Bill Gross’s job was not to build or run companies, but just to think of ideas for them. I believed him because I was dazzled by him. Captains Outrageous America has been good to hypomanics — a land of opportunity that has liberated their energies and lifted their spirits.

Their stories are inspiring, comical, and sometimes tragic, as the hubris that fueled their improbable rise often led to their fall as well. From our studies of the brain we now know that mood is an intrinsic part of the apparatus that controls motivation.

The Hypomanic Edge : The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success in America

Both conditions run together in families at much higher rates than we would predict by chance. This wide-open land with seemingly infinite horizons has been a giant Rorschach on which they could project their oversized fantasies of success, an irresistible attraction for restless, ambitious people feeling hemmed in by native lands with comparatively fewer opportunities.

These are the real stories you never learned in school about some of those men who made America: The ability to look through society rdge see it’s pathology? Tocqueville noticed that Hypomabic were entrepreneurial risk takers: