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John Gartner, Ph.D.
is a psychologist living and working in Baltimore and New York. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hypomanic Edge
Why is America so rich and powerful?
The answer lies in our genes, according to psychologist John Gartner.
Hypomania, a genetically based form of mild mania, endows many of us with energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and a propensity for taking risks. 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. Market bubbles and ill-considered messianic crusades can be the downside. But there is an enormous upside as well, in spectacular entrepreneurial zeal, drive for innovation and material success. Americans may have a lot of crazy ideas, but some of them prove to be brilliant inventions.