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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Explores the American pervasiveness of hypomania, a genetically based, mild form of mania that endows certain people with high energy, creativity, and a propensity for risk-taking. Not only that, Gypomanic heard a number of psychiatrists say they known it for ages. His magic diamond, he claimed, was going to “fix the U. But once in a great while you get five cherries, and you’re flooded with coins: A distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting at least one week.

The things most likely to make them depressed are failure, loss, or anything that prevents them from continuing at their preferred breakneck pace.

What goes up can stay up. Energy, drive, cockeyed optimism, entrepreneurial and religious zeal, Yankee ingenuity, messianism, and arrogance — these traits have long been attributed to an “American character.

One hundred percent of the entrepreneurs I interviewed were hypomanic! The son was disabled — a long-term inpatient at a psychiatric hospital. This is the characteristic that most distinguishes the American people from all others,” wrote Tocqueville in Democracy in America.

Diagnosing the psychiatric condition of dead historical figures is risky business, and in a largely unconvincing book, Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Gartner falls prey to the modern tendency to reduce an individual’s actions to a psychiatric diagnosis. He is a risk taker.

When you talk to these strivers, they tell you that their drive comes from within and that they have been strongly “self-motivated” since they were children. They were not “well adjusted” by ordinary standards but instead forced the world to adjust to them.


The Hypomanic Edge

Gartner lives and practices efge a clinical psychologist in Baltimore. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? America, a nation of immigrants, has higher rates of mania than every other country studied with the possible exception of New Zealand, which topped the United States in one study.

Market bubbles and ill-considered messianic crusades can be the downside. Not what you expect While this book briefly touches on hypomania 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. hypomqnic

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This couldn’t be chance. Hypomania, a genetically based form of mild mania, endows many of us with energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and a propensity for taking risks. Gartner is right that hypomanic first movers matter a lot, and that we need a few more.

Fun book about America’s DNA. Excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences I would not recommend this book. Mania, according to one school of thought, is a disease like sickle-cell anemia. Europe is in the middle, in both its rate of immigrant absorption and its rate of mania. Depending on how you look at it, the Internet phenomenon was either an exciting breakthrough of human ingenuity or a colossal error in judgment that forces us to ask: Book ratings by Goodreads.

A distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting at least one week. The average American changes residences every five years — more often than the inhabitants of any other nation. Join our mailing list! We’ve changed little in that regard since Tocqueville’s day.

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

Gartner has managed to generate a fresh angle on well-trodden clinical and historical ground. One now understood better why he regularly rented palatial office space he could not afford and why his wife hid the checkbook.


They heavy amount of facts presented so succinctly and at such a quick pace lend to what feels like an almost hypomanic writing style. Relatives of manic patients, who have high rates of hypomania, have consistently been found to be far above average in income, occupational achievement, and creativity.

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Some economists have argued hypomanif Japan has been slow to bounce back from its decade-long recession because the population has lost all taste for risk after the fallout of the stock and real estate bubbles of the early s.

He is a graduate of Princeton University. Gartner’s book is packed with information about fascinating leaders that have played a major role in America’s history. He is a graduate of Princeton University.

The author offers us few useful insights into the lives of these historical figures, nor does he seem to have any qualms about framing his case for an “American htpomanic solely in male terms.

Christopher Columbus discovered America; prophets such as John Winthrop, Roger Williams, and William Penn populated it; Alexander Hamilton was one of a handful of men who conceived its national future and economic potential; Andrew Carnegie sparked an industrial revolution that led to mass production; the Hypomainc and Mayer families helped create Hollywood, usher in the age of mass media, and portray a national self-image; and Craig Venter cracked our genetic code, the implications of which are only beginning to be fathomed.

Hyoomanic immigrant genes predispose us to optimism. Hypomania, a genetically based mild form of mania, endows many of us with unusual energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and a propensity for taking risks. They are the reason the gene exists. He can be euphoric.