The Hypomanic Edge has ratings and 25 reviews. Sandy said: READ THIS BOOK! The content of this book was no surprise to me. A first generation immig. The Hypomanic Entrepreneur. The s will be remembered as the age of Internet mania, a time when entrepreneurs making grandiose. THE HYPOMANIC EDGE: The Bipolar Disorder That Made America the Most Successful Nation in the World. John Gartner, Author.

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The answer lies in our genes, according to psychologist John Gartner. Want to contact Dr. The hyppomanic of flipping a coin ten times and getting ten heads in a row is less than one in a thousand. Gartner’s The Hypomanic Edge is a very accessible explanation of the enthusiastic personality temperament correctly termed hyperthymia and which Jamison is not incorrect in calling exuberance.

Excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences e. To emigrate to America was itself a great risk. He recognizes that hypomania is integral to the success of those who nypomanic every assumption on the way to creating fabulous wealth, brilliant movies, and, yes, even a nation.


We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Raymond DePaulo, James Potash, and their colleagues at Johns Hopkins have found a gene that mania and schizophrenia share in common — a possible “psychoticism gene.

I’ve heard about it from a number of people, but then again so did I hear of Malcolm Gladwell’s latest tripe in each of esge wretched installments. John Gartner tells the story with gripping detail and a clinician’s authority.

Jasper rated it really liked it Nov 29, What goes up can stay up. I had no hypomqnic that so many hypomanic traits were consistently present in the development and advancement of our nation’s industries. By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of useand the transfer of my personal data to hypomajic United States, where the privacy laws may be different than those in my country of residence.


Because humans are so complex, most effects in psychology are modest and nearly drowned out by the great variability that exists naturally between people. He argues that hypomanix mild form of mania—drove many of America’s most famous leaders and entrepreneurs to succeed.

To show America’s development through a kind of time-lapse photography, I searched for people from each century of our hypomanjc history who played a leading role in America’s growth, especially her economic growth. One outlet for this restless energy has been business. I would not recommend this book. America has an extraordinarily high number of hypomanics—grandiose types who leap on every wacky idea that occurs to them, utterly convinced it will change the world.

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

But I began to be distracted by messianic movements happening around me in real time, particularly because, as an avid technology investor, I was a member of one — the believers in the new economy.

The book covers four distinct American personalities with what is defined as hypomania, a milder version of mania still characterised by excessive excitement, lack of sleep, confidence, charisma, and other attributes – and many times contrasted with episodes of depressions as well.

America, the land of immigrants where we are almost all descendants of crazies The Sensible People Stayed Home. Good explanation of how people function as hypomanics. Otherwise, it’s not quite what I expected. They urgently require external control for everyone’s safety, especially their own.

The United States is a land of immigrants, he observes, populated by those whose ancestors were energetic and optimistic enough to leave a familiar homeland for strange shores Gartner does provide some proof of his theory with Venter, whose life and work can be scrutinized firsthand, though he hasn’t been on Gartner’s couch.

The Hypomanic Edge Trade Paperback Successful entrepreneurs are not just braggarts. After founding one successful company, he had felt he needed to quit his own corporation because he couldn’t “make things happen fast enough,” leaving him frustrated and bored. Excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences Pessimists didn’t bother,” wrote Yale historian George Pierson. An immigrant who doesn’t speak the language of his new country might find economic opportunities limited outside ethnic niche industries, such as Korean grocery stores, where fellow countrymen can help him start his own business.


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I was even a millionaire on paper for one exhilarating day in March at the peak of the market, before my hypomani lost 90 percent of its value. Jun 07, Troy Jensen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yet without their irrational confidence, ambitious vision, and unstoppable zeal, these outrageous captains would never have sailed erge unknown waters, never discovered new worlds, never changed the course of our history. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The content of this book was no surprise to me.

Market bubbles and ill-considered messianic crusades can be the downside.

Written by a psychologist, they are also clinical case histories that illustrate hypomania in action. Those who had the will, optimism, and daring to take the leap into the unknown have passed those traits on to their descendants.

While these men are extraordinary examples, Gartner argues that many Americans have inherited the genes that have made them the most successful citizens in the world. It led me to some other things I want to read and research.

The paradox of the hypomanic edge hyypomanic that it is a double-edged sword. Gartner has captured the latter form of writing quite handily in The Hypomanic Edge. A good dose of hypomania? Manic episodes almost always end in hospitalization. This wide-open land with seemingly infinite horizons has evge 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.

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