My friend Joshua Ramo just introduced me to the concept of being a Hypomanic. I felt at home with it. Both with the good and bad aspects of it. This is what he wrote.

>> >>”In a recent interesting book ³The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (A Little)
Craziness and (a Lot of) Success in America² author John D. Gartner, an
assistant professor of psychiatry at John Hopkins, argues that America¹s success
is because American entrepreneurs are largely hypomanic.

>> >>³Hypomania is a mild form of mania, often found in the relatives of manic
depressives. Hypomanics are brimming with infectious energy, irrational
confidence and really big ideas. They think, talk, move and make decisions
quickly. Anyone who slows them down with questions ³just doesn¹t get it.²
Hypomanics are not crazy, but ³normal² is not the first word that comes to mind
when describing them. Hypomanics live on the edge, between normal and abnormal.²

>> >>So why are Americans hypomanic? ³Energy, drive, cockeyed optimism,
entrepreneurial and religious zeal, Yankee ingenuity, messianism and arrogance ­
the traits have long been attributed to an ³American character.² If a scientist
wanted to design a giant Petri dish with all the right nutrients to make
hypomanic genius flourish, he would be hard-pressed to imagine a better natural
experiment than America. A ³nation of immigrants² represents a highly skewered
and unusual ³self-selected² population. Do men and women who risk everything to
leap into a new world differ temperamentally from those who stay home? It would
be surprising if they didn¹t.²

>> >>How do you identify a hypomanic? Gartner lists these traits: ³He is filled
with energy; flooded with ideas; driven, restless and unable to keep still;
channels his energy into the achievement of wildly grand ambitions; often works
on little sleep; feels brilliant, special, chosen, perhaps even destined to
change the world; can be euphoric; becomes easily irritated by minor obstacles;
is a risk taker; overspends in both his business and personal life; acts our
sexually; sometimes acts impulsively, with poor judgment, in ways that have
painful consequences; is fast-talking; witty and gregarious; charismatic and
persuasive; prone to making enemies and feels he is persecuted by those who do
not accept his vision and mission.²”

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