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Exuberance The Passion for Life

ISBN-10: 0375701486
ISBN-13: 9780375701481
Edition: 2005
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.19" wide x 8.00" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

Clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison was born on June 22, 1946. She received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is considered one of the foremost experts on bipolar disorder, which she has had since her early adulthood. She is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the author of numerous books including 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.

"Incapable of Being Indifferent"
"This Wonderful Loveliness"
"Playing Fields of the Mind"
"The Glowing Hours"
"The Champagne of Moods"
"Throwing Up Sky-Rockets"
"Forces of Nature"
"Nothing Is Too Wonderful to Be True"
"We Should Grow Too Fond of It"
"It Is Not Down in Any Map"
Notes
Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Permissions
Acknowledgments
Index

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