Re: Greetings..

Natasha Vita-More (
Sat, 12 Dec 1998 15:55:26 -0600

Paul Hughes wrote:

>>I think the difference between an institutionalized "insane"
>> person and a functioning genius is much thinner than we want to admit.


> I think brilliant cranks are a yet another urban legend.

Yes, I'd go for the crank over crankiness.

I am amazed when learning of case studies where a person once thought of as being a genius, later in life is institutionalized as being insane. Such as with William Sidis who could read and spell at 2, invented new table of logarithms at 8, spoke six languages at 10, and at the age of 11 was enrolled at Harvard and graduated at 16. Later in his 20s, he became cranky, obsessive and somewhat autistic in his behavior.

In response to xebec's post in this thread,

>>If we cannot determine what are NORMAL levels or what we can change
>> to change our emotions, then theoretically, the
>> more intelligent someone is, the more trouble they can run into when
>> something goes wrong.

Anders commented:

>Personally I disagree with the view that more intelligen people have
>higher ups and downs - it smacks of the romantic notion of the
>tormented genius.

(Recently an article in LA Times re close proximity of genius and insanity and the romantic notion of same, commented that tormented genius icon van Gogh was probably *mad* because of an enzyme imbalance.)

Regarding ups and downs and affability, no matter how bring a person is, there is little excuse for hostility, rudeness and adolescent behavior other than a psychological chemical imbalance or the effects of poor or insufficient training as a child in controlling emotions and outbursts. We often excuse a person who is exceptionally bright for being bratty as if in awe that this person might carry the mad-tormented-genius-gene. How romantic? How insufferable.

There are numerous ways a person (bright or not) can overcome psychological handicaps, and it is a sure sign of intelligence if a person who suffers from emotional imbalance recognizes it, and deals with it.

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