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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kay Redfield Jamison Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The author of the bestselling An Unquiet Mind–and internationally renowned authority on mood disorders–now gives us something wonderfully different: an exploration of exuberance and how it fuels our most important creative and scientific achievements.

John Muir’s lifelong passion to save America’s wild places, Wilson Bentley’s legendary obsession to record for posterity the beauty of individual snowflakes, the boundless scientific curiosity behind Watson and Crick’s discovery of DNA, sea lions that surf and porcupines that dance–Kay Redfield Jamison shows how these and many more examples both human and animal define the nature of exuberance, and how this exuberance relates to intellectual searching, risk-taking, creativity, and survival itself. She examines the hereditary predisposition to exuberance; the role of the brain chemical dopamine; the connection between positive moods and psychological resilience; and the differences between exuberance and mania. She delves into some of the phenomena of exuberance–the contagiousness of laughter, the giddiness of new love, the intoxicating effects of music and of religious ecstasy–while also addressing the dangerous desire to simulate exuberance by using drugs or alcohol. In a fascinating and intimate coda to the rest of the book, renowned scientists, writers, and politicians share their thoughts on the forms and role of exuberance in their own lives.

Original, inspiring, authoritative, Exuberance brims with the very energy and passion that it celebrates.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Larry Bassett | 2/12/2014

    " Had to struggle to get through it. Just never captured my interest. Was that because my psychiatrist recommended it to me? I guess he thought I needed more passion in my life. But this book didn't do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelly Pivonski | 2/11/2014

    " too much negativity with mental illness. she was trying to talk about the positive part of mental illness but it was so scientific. it still seemed negative even when she talked about the positive parts of mania. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Calvin | 1/23/2014

    " What a breath of fresh and exhilerating air to read of a discussion and study of a positive psychological trait. The only problem is it gets a little too scholarly and wordy in places but very worthwhile especially where my heros like Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln are discussed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kit | 1/21/2014

    " An interesting, but horribly frustrating, conversational exploration of the nature of exuberance. Worth reading if only for the collection of thoughts on the subject by people who are not Kay Redfield Jamison. "

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