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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They think, talk, move, and make decisions quickly. 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 What were we thinking? Not only that, I’ve heard a number of psychiatrists say they known it for ages. 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.

Nov 08, Kobe rated it it was amazing. Because they are “constantly driven to participate in commerce and industry,” Americans, who make hypomaanic only 5 percent of the world’s population, account for 31 percent of its economic activity.

We know from numerous large-scale studies, replicated both nationally and internationally, that classic manic depression exists in slightly less than 1 percent of the general population.

The Hypomanic Edge

We are creating new additions to the site all the time, so check back soon! Yet without their irrational confidence, ambitious vision, and unstoppable zeal, these outrageous captains would never have sailed into unknown waters, never discovered new worlds, never changed the course of our history.

Tocqueville “found an entire people racing full speed ahead, and we’ve kept on racing for more than three hundred years,” wrote Michael Ledeen in Tocqueville on American Character. Hypomanics are brimming with infectious energy, irrational confidence, and really big ideas.

More talkative than usual or hylomanic to keep talking 4. Columbus, who discovered the continent, thought he was the messiah. 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 edg well.

The paradox of the hypomanic edge is that it is a double-edged sword. Alexander Hamilton, the indispensable founder who envisioned America’s economic future, self-destructed because of pride and impulsive behavior. He channels his energy into the achievement of wildly grand ambitions.


I was even a millionaire on paper for one exhilarating day in March at the peak of the market, before my portfolio lost 90 percent of its value. Hypomania describes a relatively temporary elevation of mood rather than the long-term personality trait, and Gartner, a therapist, should have known better. That’s what really set him apart. Most expressed their agreement with excitement: Their subjects were not manic.

He often works on little sleep. New Releases Books and The City. But there is an enormous upside in terms of spectacular entrepreneurial zeal, drive for innovation, and material success. People who are highly energized, and also in most cases psychotic, do bizarre things that are dangerous, frightening, and disruptive. By contrast, hypomania is not, in and of itself, an illness.

When he pitched a new company, Healtheon, a medical Web site, his only business plan was a diagram with five words. Investigators at the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, where I teach, and at other institutions around the world, have homed in on half a dozen genes associated with mania.

Manic episodes almost always end in hospitalization. There were so many candidates to choose from. The drives that motivate behavior surge to a screaming pitch, making the urgency of action irresistible.

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.

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

Alternatively, there may be a specific gene that needs to be combined with hypomanic genes to produce mania.

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.

Clearly, Dad was not normal, but he had made his hypomania work for him. He apologizes to his readers for his previous Fortune article that hyped Gross and Idealab just before the Nasdaq crash. Most Japanese save a substantial portion of their money in secure savings accounts that yield zero interest, tying up capital that could either be invested in businesses or stimulate the economy through consumption.

Manics and hypomanics are often blood relatives. These men were outrageous — arrogant, provocative, unconventional, and unpredictable.

He also contends that hypomania is a peculiarly American trait. Those who had the will, optimism, and daring to take the leap into the unknown have passed those traits on to their descendants. 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.

Oct 17, Abhishek rated it really liked it Shelves: Discover what to read next. From hypimanic studies of the brain we now know that mood is an intrinsic part of the apparatus that controls motivation. When asked, “Do you think that starting a new business is a respected occupation in your hypomannic I had to put the book down many times and come back to it later, so as not to be too overwhelmed.

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. Mania, according to one school of thought, is a disease like sickle-cell anemia.

Three cheers for Gartner.

I called several reporters who had written profiles of these “manic” entrepreneurs and asked them, “Do you think he really was manic?