A First Rate Madness Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness (PDF)

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  • A First Rate Madness Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness
  • S. Nassir Ghaemi
  • English
  • 25 February 2020
  • 9781594202957

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read A First Rate Madness Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness A First Rate Madness Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB S. Nassir Ghaemi ½ 3 read & download In A First Rate Madness Nassir Ghaemi who runs the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts University Medical Center draws from the careers and personal plights of such notable leaders as Lincoln Churchill Gandhi Martin Luther King Jr JFK and others fro. This book would have gotten three or four stars had its theme been slightly different The author posits on p 17 The best crisis leaders are either mentally ill or mentally abnormal the worst crisis leaders are mentally healthy Had the book stuck to the specific cases that is something closer to Here are some amazing leaders who had mental illness and I would argue that their illnesses helped inform and shape their successful leadership I could have backed that thesis 100% I can t help but wonder about which historical leaders were potentially not successful because of mental illness or maybe they didn t have the opportunity to shine because they didn t have the right crisis to lead through President Franklin Pierce comes to mind who is said to have suffered from depression as an example He had pre Civil War issues to deal with among other problems but has been ranked one of the least effective presidents by historians Was this a matter of the wrong crisis Not enough coping skills On page 223 the dismissal of the leadership contributions of Truman and Eiserhower took my breath away I would say that they were homoclites people of normal mental health but that their presidential successes did not include handling major crises like World War II almost over when Truman took office or the civil rights crisis Eisenhower briefly intervened in Little Rock and otherwise avoided conflict First Truman took a very Shermanesue approach to war dropping two bombs that killed well over 100000 people many of them civilians in order to stop the conflict and preserve the lives of hundreds of thousands No nod to that given that Sherman was an inspriation for this project How is Truman s decision not bold and forward thinking Wasn t that decisive action in a crisis situation And perhaps Eisenhower s presidential leadership wasn t challenged in a way that allowed him to stand out but what about his performance during World War II in Africa and Europe As Supreme Commander in both places surely he had plenty of crises that he handled and handled well given the outcome of the conflictThat was the point at which the author lost me as a reader because I didn t trust him to be looking at the material objectively It s not a coindidence I suspect that I found the sections on mentally healthy leaders to be the weakest parts of the book Also there was some carelessness in language for example A depressive person sleeps less and the nighttime becomes a dreaded chore that one can never achieve properly p 17 A final uestion Assuming leaders with mental illness are indeed the best kind to have during a crisis what then Should voters be trying to elect depressive or hyperthymic leaders How do we determine this when such information is usually hidden from the public How do voters anticipate the crises that might necessitate different types of leadershipI had high hopes for this book and I do admire the author for his ambition but a slightly different approach would have made it better Then the Americans Came Voices from Vietnam runs the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts University Medical Center draws from the careers and personal plights of such notable leaders as Lincoln Churchill Gandhi Martin Luther King Jr JFK and others fro. This book would have gotten three or four stars had its theme been slightly different The author posits on p 17 The best crisis leaders are either mentally ill or mentally abnormal the worst crisis leaders are mentally healthy Had the book stuck to the specific cases that is something closer to Here are some amazing leaders who had mental illness and I would argue that their illnesses helped inform and shape their successful leadership I could have backed that thesis 100% I can t help but wonder about which historical leaders were potentially not successful because of mental illness or maybe they didn t have the opportunity to shine because they didn t have the Hell in a Handbasket Devilish Debutantes #2 right crisis to lead through President Franklin Pierce comes to mind who is said to have suffered from depression as an example He had pre Civil War issues to deal with among other problems but has been Say Your Abc With Me ranked one of the least effective presidents by historians Was this a matter of the wrong crisis Not enough coping skills On page 223 the dismissal of the leadership contributions of Truman and Eiserhower took my breath away I would say that they were homoclites people of normal mental health but that their presidential successes did not include handling major crises like World War II almost over when Truman took office or the civil The Outcast Dead rights crisis Eisenhower briefly intervened in Little Rock and otherwise avoided conflict First Truman took a very Shermanesue approach to war dropping two bombs that killed well over 100000 people many of them civilians in order to stop the conflict and preserve the lives of hundreds of thousands No nod to that given that Sherman was an inspriation for this project How is Truman s decision not bold and forward thinking Wasn t that decisive action in a crisis situation And perhaps Eisenhower s presidential leadership wasn t challenged in a way that allowed him to stand out but what about his performance during World War II in Africa and Europe As Supreme Commander in both places surely he had plenty of crises that he handled and handled well given the outcome of the conflictThat was the point at which the author lost me as a ಅಮ್ಮಾವ್ರ ಗಂಡ reader because I didn t trust him to be looking at the material objectively It s not a coindidence I suspect that I found the sections on mentally healthy leaders to be the weakest parts of the book Also there was some carelessness in language for example A depressive person sleeps less and the nighttime becomes a dreaded chore that one can never achieve properly p 17 A final uestion Assuming leaders with mental illness are indeed the best kind to have during a crisis what then Should voters be trying to elect depressive or hyperthymic leaders How do we determine this when such information is usually hidden from the public How do voters anticipate the crises that might necessitate different types of leadershipI had high hopes for this book and I do admire the author for his ambition but a slightly different approach would have made it better

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read A First Rate Madness Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness A First Rate Madness Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB S. Nassir Ghaemi ½ 3 read & download With the latest psychiatric research Ghaemi demonstrates how he thinks these ualities have produced brilliant leadership under the toughest circumstancesindividuals and society at large however high the price for those who endure these illnesse. And isn t sanity really just a one trick pony anyway I mean all you get is one trick rational thinking but when you re good and crazy oooh oooh oooh the sky is the limit The TickFrom his eminent philosophical standing the Tick nicely summarizes pretty much the only point in this work s introduction I could accept The author s thesis that mentally ill leaders are preferable in times of crisis while sane leaders are better at steering a straight course during non crisis times seems over reaching especially as he only chooses famous mostly dead international leaders to support his thesis The book is set up like a historical analysis and even the author admits psychologists like historians often only have modest data upon which to base their conclusions If you want a thorough understanding of the book s psychology points go ahead and read Nancy s review it does the book justice than I ever could Perhaps reading this text as a historical work rather than a work examining the ualities of leadership would be rewarding The Castle Diaries research Ghaemi demonstrates how he thinks these ualities have produced brilliant leadership under the toughest circumstancesindividuals and society at large however high the price for those who endure these illnesse. And isn t sanity The Song of the Mockingbird really just a one trick pony anyway I mean all you get is one trick Sir Halmanac and the Crimson Star rational thinking but when you Souls in the Great Machine re good and crazy oooh oooh oooh the sky is the limit The TickFrom his eminent philosophical standing the Tick nicely summarizes pretty much the only point in this work s introduction I could accept The author s thesis that mentally ill leaders are preferable in times of crisis while sane leaders are better at steering a straight course during non crisis times seems over Judge Dredd Chronicles #19 reaching especially as he only chooses famous mostly dead international leaders to support his thesis The book is set up like a historical analysis and even the author admits psychologists like historians often only have modest data upon which to base their conclusions If you want a thorough understanding of the book s psychology points go ahead and THE WALLPAPER CHASE read Nancy s SpongeBob Mix Match review it does the book justice than I ever could Perhaps Rules of the Knife Fight reading this text as a historical work Know What I Saw? rather than a work examining the ualities of leadership would be The Goodbye Girl Vocal Selections rewarding

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read A First Rate Madness Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness A First Rate Madness Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB S. Nassir Ghaemi ½ 3 read & download M the past two centuries to build an argument that the very ualities that mark those with mood disorders realism empathy resilience and creativity also make for the best leaders in times of crisis By combining analysis of the historical evidence. Is President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines mentally illIf he is then he could either be the worst type of leader or the best one for the country depending on where the Philippines is now For the theme of this book is summed up this way The best crisis leaders are either mentally ill or mentally abnormal the worst crisis leaders are mentally healthy Elucidating the author wrote In times of peace mental health is useful One meets the expectations of one s community and one is rewarded for doing so In times of war or crisis it is the misfits who fill the bill German psychiatrist Ernst Kretschmer noticed this pattern and explained it using the metaphor of bacteria which replicate and survive only in times of crisis The brilliant enthusiast the radical fanatic and the prophet are always there just as the tricksters and criminals are the air is full of them but they flourish only during crisis In peacetime they are our patients he famously wrote we rule them In crisis periods they rule us Great crisis leaders are not like the rest of us nor are they like mentally healthy leaders They re often intelligent prone to poor physical health the products of privileged backgrounds raised by parents in conflict freuently nonreligious and ambitious All these personality traits and experiences are also associated with mental illness like mania and depression or with abnormal temperaments like hyperthymia Much of what passes for normal is not found in highly successful political and military leader especially in times of crisis If normal mentally healthy peoplerun for president they tend not to become great ones Mentally ill people are creative Geniuses are often have the touch of madness in them One example given was the American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman after whom the Sherman Tank was named Before him there was the problem of having too much casualties in the usual head to head combats between opposing armies But he thought of a way to defeat the enemy without necessarily confronting it in battle ie by utterly destroying the cities upon which the enemy gets its support The problem of having so much military casualty was therefore solved with this cruel novelty but it spawned a new one civilian casualties and suffering In the same way one would notice President s novel approach in his war on drugs extrajudicial killings The obvious aim is not just physically stop by killing those involved in drugs but to instill so much fear among them that hopefully the fear would be enough to persuade them to change It remains to be seen if it is or will be successful yet one can readily see the new problem it has created the culture of death and impunity where one no longer knows who is killing whom and for what reason Wrote the author These leaders were creative manic originators they answered uestions nobody had yet asked but in so doing they produced other uestions nobody can yet answer Other leaders who were considered mentally ill were among others Mahatma Gandhi John F Kennedy his father Joseph Kennedy Sr Winston Churchill contrasted with his sane contemporary Neville Chamberlain and Ted Turner In times of crisis they magnificently excelled but in times of peace they were duds They ve all exhibited many of the features of hyperthymia high energy elevated libido workaholism sense of humour risk taking extraversion sociability and marked ambition Noticeably President Duterte had all these But is he good for the country The book answers it this way if the country is in a real crisis YES if the country is not in a real crisis HELL NO