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The Price of Greatness: Resolving the Creativity and Madness Controversy Paperback – Oct 1 1996


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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (Oct. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572301171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572301177
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,084,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Salvador Dali said, "The only difference between me and a 'madman' is that I am not mad. Read the first page
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Great book that the author poured heart and soul into through ten years of research. He states in the Preface that he spent this time investigating the link between mental illness and exceptional creative achievement. However, it's also about the characteristics--life histories, personality traits, etc--of people who achieve historical eminence in general. What are the characteristics of those who achieve the highest level of eminence? I'll name just two of them and not spoil the rest of it for you: the personality trait of contrariness, and the tendency to be a loner. What's most impressive about this book is the sheer volume of biographical information that the author read through in order to write this. He read extensively on about 1000 eminent people who lived in the 20th century, and then summarized the information in a concise and highly readable fashion. Overall, a great read for anyone remotely interested in the subjects of creativity, mental illness, and high achievement, as well as their relationship to one another. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.
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amazing synthesis of a mountain of information Nov. 27 2007
By Paul J. Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great book that the author poured heart and soul into through ten years of research. He states in the Preface that he spent this time investigating the link between mental illness and exceptional creative achievement. However, it's also about the characteristics--life histories, personality traits, etc--of people who achieve historical eminence in general. What are the characteristics of those who achieve the highest level of eminence? I'll name just two of them and not spoil the rest of it for you: the personality trait of contrariness, and the tendency to be a loner. What's most impressive about this book is the sheer volume of biographical information that the author read through in order to write this. He read extensively on about 1000 eminent people who lived in the 20th century, and then summarized the information in a concise and highly readable fashion. Overall, a great read for anyone remotely interested in the subjects of creativity, mental illness, and high achievement, as well as their relationship to one another. Author of Adjust Your Brain: A Practical Theory for Maximizing Mental Health.
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What is the deal here? I pre-paid for this book, and still don't have it. I really want this book and I've paid for it.
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A fascinating book....one of the Best books on the subject!! Oct. 19 1999
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A very detailed book, the best I have read on the subject and one of the best books I've Ever read. It was very hard to put down. An Incredible book!

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