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My new hypothesis became that American entrepreneurs are largely hypomanic. Increase in goal-directed activity either socially, at work or school, or sexually or psychomotor agitation 7. To emigrate to America was itself a great risk.

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He apologizes to his readers for his previous Fortune article that hyped Gross and Idealab just before the Nasdaq crash. 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.

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


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

Gartner’s book is packed with information about fascinating leaders that have played a major role in America’s history. America, the land of immigrants where we are almost all descendants of crazies The Sensible People Stayed Home. In this provocative and interesting book, John Gartner explores that theory with vivid case studies and an expert’s understanding of clinical psychology. Market bubbles and ill-considered messianic crusades can be the downside.

Hypomania describes a relatively temporary elevation of mood rather than the long-term personality trait, and Gartner, a therapist, should have known better. Their “flight of ideas,” jumping from topic to topic in a rapid energized way, is a sign of hypomania.

The myth of the artist writer, poet, musician, etc. What were we thinking?

Decreased need for sleep e. This relative neglect of hypomania by psychiatry is striking when we consider that it affects many more people than does mania. Otherwise, it’s not quite what I expected. We’ve changed little in that regard since Tocqueville’s day.

Check back often to see what’s happening. When asked, “Do you think that starting a new edeg is a respected occupation in your community?

Mania is a severe illness. This gene has been favored by natural selection, even though it causes a deadly disease, because it saves more people than it kills. Hypomanics are brimming with infectious energy, irrational confidence, and really big ideas. I decided to undertake what social scientists call a pilot study: Do men and women who risk everything to leap into a new world differ temperamentally from those who stay home?


At the same time he was charming, witty, and engaging. I had no idea that so many hypomanic traits were consistently present in the development and advancement of our nation’s industries.

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Most expressed their agreement with excitement: He acts out sexually. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

More talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking 4. In that decade, when every American college student wanted to found the next Yahoo! The son was disabled — a long-term inpatient at a psychiatric hospital. His magic diamond, he claimed, was going to “fix the U. After talking to them for just fifteen minutes, it seemed as if I was the first person to truly understand them.

They hit the ground running and couldn’t tell you why.

Alternatively, there may be a specific gene that needs to be combined with hypomanic genes hyoomanic produce mania. Clearly, Dad was not normal, but he had made his hypomania work for him.