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The Price of Greatness
Resolving the Creativity and Madness Controversy

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ISBN 9780898628395
Published May 9, 1995 by Guilford Press
310 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the lives and achievements of over 1,000 extraordinary men and women to address age-old questions about the relationship between mental illness and greatness. Filled with colorful anecdotes about many of the most eminent persons of our times, the book delves into many of mankind's greatest achievements, the special attributes of those who accomplished them, the unique circumstances of their lives, and the characteristics of their families. Written with a sophistication that will appeal to a professional audience and an accessible style that invites the general reader, this engaging volume reveals the factors that predict exceptional creative achievement.

Table of Contents

1. A Touch of Madness?
2. Determining Greatness
3. The Early Years
4. The Adult Years
5. Impediments to Eminence
6. The Measurement of Achievement
7. Mental Illness within the Professions
8. Mental Symptoms and Creative Activity
9. Predicting "True" Greatness

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"This is an excellent research report that should, once and for all, resolve senseless controversies about the correlation of creativity with psychopathology." - - The Review of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

"Engagingly anecdotal and well structured....The large sample and elegant analysis make this book an essential reference on the difficult, interesting task it addresses." - - Library Journal