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John Gartner

Originally posted August 2005

The Hypomanic Edge

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Have you ever seen that official-looking plaque you can buy at novelty stores that says, "You don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps"? Maybe you don't have to be crazy to succeed in America -- but apparently it helps, says John Gartner, a Johns Hopkins clinical psychologist. "Americans may have a lot of crazy ideas," he says, "but some of them lead to brilliant inventions."

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John Gartner is a psychologist on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University. His book The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (a Little) Craziness and (a Lot of) Success in America was named one of the notable new ideas of 2005 by The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Baltimore and New York.

Find John Gartner on the web: www.hypomanicedge.com

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