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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 26 Oct 2011
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I was always aware whilst reading her first biography that Jamison, whilst writing incredibly realistically about her times of bipolar depression, must have been distanced from the state she writes about in order to so coherently evoke the terrible depths that she experienced. In her study of suicide (Night Falls Fast) she again presented an unequivocal piece of work that both scientifically and emotionally dealt with the subject without succumbing to the sort of 'schmaltz' (for want of an English word) that someone like Wurzel or Zailckas might. It is said often that happiness is far harder, nigh impossible, to write about than is sadness, however Jamison sacrifices nothing in yet another precise and completely engrossing study. Read any of Jamison's books and you will not regret a moment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and rambling read introducing characters with a lust for life, 9 Oct 2012
Professor of Psychiatry, Kay Redfield Jamison examines the state of 'Exuberance', its relationship to Mania, its emotional state as a motivator, and its classification as a personality trait for key figures in politics, science and entertainment.

This book is suitable for those with a professional interest in psychology, mental health workers and sufferers of mania, depression and bi-polar who wish to have an understanding of the happier states of the mind. For those with a strictly scientific interest who are only reading to see the author's opinion on the classification border between mania and exuberance, they will have to wait until around pages 240, but they would have missed all the fun.

It's an entertaining and rambling read through the personal histories of some fascinating individuals and high achievers, none of whom considered that they 'suffered' with mania or exuberance. A very positive and enthusiastic book.
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