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A First-Rate Madness by S. Nassir Ghaemi
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Dec 20, 11

it was ok

Ghaemi writes well, and I enjoy hearing his references to different studies and psychological phenomena as well as his anecdotes about famous leaders. However, he overgeneralizes in both of these areas. It's almost offensive to see how little substance there is to back up his claims about some leaders' temperaments, and his idea that mentally ill leaders are necessary in crisis situations while normal people are better in times of stability, seems to be an oversimplification to say the least (even though I think it rings true a little bit).

The comfort he takes at generalizing from such small bits of information, and the way he amplifies his speculation by treating his own conjectures as if they are credible foundations for subsequent points - it's just sad. And it demonstrates a lot of flaws in speculating about peoples' behaviors.

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