A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness
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 a ...more
On the other hand, "normal" people--which he calls "homoclites", can be good leaders during normal times. But they oft ...more
Many of the examples used are self-proclaimed sufferers of depression ...more
رغم انتقاداتي إلا أن هذا كتاب من الطراز الرفيع، يتتبع فيه ناصر قائمي سير زعماء غربيين وزعيم شرقي واحد – غاندي -، ليخلص إلى خلاصة مهمة وهي أنه لا يشترط الصحة العقلية في الزعماء، وخاصة في أوقات الأزمات، مقارناً بين تشرشل وتشمبرلين وبين شيرمان وبقية جنرالات الحرب الأهلية، كان الزعماء العاديون يزدهرون أوقات السلم، ولكنهم يفشلون في أوقات الأزمات، فيما يزدهر المصابون بالاضطراب ثنائي القطب (الهوس والاكتئاب)، يفسر قائمي ذلك بصفات معينة يثيرها هذا الاضطراب وتكون فعالة في هذا الموضع، ...more
I admired the study done on Lincoln's melancholy, and found it to be profoundly inspirational. Yet this broader view misses some of the other characteristic ...more
A First-Rate Madness has a fascinating premise: that in times of crisis, mentally abnormal leaders are more effective than mentally healthy ones. For various reasons, many of which are included in this book, I actually tend to agree with the author, and even if I didn't, his theory would be intriguing food for thought. Additionally, Ghaemi writes well and is consistently engaging, keeping his work from becoming dry as one reads.
I have extreme reservations about the evidence Ghaemi ...more
On to the next one...now after studying psych here's what I can tell you: Ghaemi is brilliant for those who don't know in-depth psych - ...more
Anyway, the basic premise of the book is that people with mental illness are better leaders in times of crisis and mentally healthy people are bett ...more
From 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, seem ...more
Too many people out there in this world believe that people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness are just compl ...more
So far, so good. However, this cannot be generalised to every leader and the reverse idea that mental health corresponds with po ...more
Original writing. Interesting parallel between this book and How Great Generals Win, which also extensively profiles General Sherman, among other strategists.
Dr. Ghaemi focuses on "manic-depression" (or bipolar disorder), and compares this to what we call "normal" personalities, IE, people with a "general feeling of well being".
Great leadership benefits from a few qualities that the "mental ...more
هل وجدت مااريده في الكتاب؟
كلا؛ الجانب الذي يدور حول سيكولوجية الحاكم المريض لم يكن كافيا، ولامقنعاً ، رغم محاولات الكاتب ذو الصوت العالي، اقناع القارئ بالادلة، وهذه الادلة هي مقتطفات من حياة الشخصية المطروحة في العمل، الحجة كانت ضعيفة خاصة واذا بحثنا عن زعماء واشخاص ناجحون لم يعانو من ثنائية القطب "المرض الذي جمع الشخصيات في هذا الكتاب" او اي مرض عقلي وكان لهم دور في تطوير ا ...more
His approach was to focus on the psychological history of leaders versus the actions of the leaders. What impact did the leader's state of mind have on the actions and outcome? Why did they behave as they did?
After a good start, the ...more
Does he convince? The piece A First-Rate Madness does present some compelling arguments - Winston Churchill in particular provides a clear example of a poor peace-time leader and an iconic wartime prime minister. ...more
Let's begin... I never took a psych class in college, and I am essentially self-taught in history, but I could tell almost immediately that I was going to agree with virtually nothing Ghaemi said. First, his definition of madness is purely limited to mania and depression, which I find insulting to anyone who finds themselves on the bipolar spectrum. It is also very clear that Ghaemi found very specific leaders to analyze and then picked out certain characteristics to fit into his thesis. For exa...more
We cannot recreate the exact conditions of the Second World War and appoint an alternate British Prime Minister, one deemed to be mentally competent,to see how the out ...more
Sherman's account, along with Kennedy and other politicians, feels too much like the conjecture you'd find ...more
He is Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where he directs the Mood Disorders Program. He is a also a Clinical Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and teaches at the Cambridge Hea ...more