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The insanity hoax : exposing the myth of the mad genius

Author: Judith Schlesinger
Publisher: Ardsley-on-Hudson, NY : Shrinktunes Media, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The mad genius is a favorite cultural stereotype, but despite media caricatures, popular expectations, and the extravagant claims of a few, there's no scientific proof that creative people are crazier than anyone else. Drawing on three decades of research, psychologist Judith Schlesinger tracks the myth from its birth in ancient Greece to modern times, showing how it distorts society's view of our most exceptional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Schlesinger
ISBN: 9780983698241 0983698244
OCLC Number: 790128490
Description: xiii, 225 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Creativity --
Blind men and elephant parts --
Elastic madness:one size fits all --
Melancholy becomes romantic --
The rise of righteous rumor --
Premature victories --
Blunt tools and slippery slopes --
Awesome powers --
They must be crazy --
Coda.
Responsibility: Judith Schlesinger.

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"The mad genius is a favorite cultural stereotype, but despite media caricatures, popular expectations, and the extravagant claims of a few, there's no scientific proof that creative people are crazier than anyone else. Drawing on three decades of research, psychologist Judith Schlesinger tracks the myth from its birth in ancient Greece to modern times, showing how it distorts society's view of our most exceptional minds"--Page 4 of cover.

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