Exuberance by Kay Redfield Jamison
The Passion for Life

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With the same grace and breadth of learning she brought to her studies of the mind’s pathologies, Kay Redfield Jamison examines one of its most exalted states: exuberance. This “abounding, ebullient, effervescent emotion” manifests itself everywhere from child’s play to scientific breakthrough and is crucially important to learning, risk-taking, social cohesiveness, and survival itself. Exuberance: The Passion for Life introduces us to such notably irrepressible types as Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir, and Richard Feynman, as well as Peter Pan, dancing porcupines, and Charles Schulz’s Snoopy. It explores whether exuberance can be inherited, parses its neurochemical grammar, and documents the methods people have used to stimulate it. The resulting book is an irresistible fusion of science and soul.


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About Kay Redfield Jamison

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Kay Redfield Jamison is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the author of the national best sellers An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, and Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. She is coauthor of the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness and author or coauthor of more than one hundred scientific papers about mood disorders, creativity, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Jamison, the recipient of numerous national and international scientific awards, was distinguished lecturer at Harvard University in 2002 and the Litchfield lecturer at the University of Oxford in 2003. She is a John P. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published September 28, 2004 by Vintage. 416 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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To understand the role that exuberance plays in enabling scientists to think creatively, work tirelessly, and overcome setbacks, Jamison interviews molecular biologists James Watson, Carleton Gajdusek, and Robert Gallo and astrophysicists Robert Farquhar and Andrew Cheng and looks at the impact e...

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And yet, despite the literary name-dropping, Jamison's real interest lies with the phenomenon of exuberance as it is experienced by the scientifically adventuresome -- the sort of person who is ''a genius with celestial pinball.'' This group includes Richard Feynman, James Watson and Robert Gallo...

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She examines the contagious nature of exuberance, which she defines as "a psychological state characterized by high mood and high energy," offering diverse examples that range from John Muir and FDR to Mary Poppins and Peter Pan.

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