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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: Anne Twomey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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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  • [Jamison is] that rare writer who can offer a kind of unified field theory of science and art. . . . The origins and mystery of creativity have long been her holy grail, and she argues — with her usual wit, ingenuity and panache — that exuberance is one of its wellsprings. The Washington Post Book World
  • Fascinating reading. . . . On a subject that invites inflates prose, Jamison maintains a deft but not showy eloquence. . . . Trenchant and entertaining. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Jamison brilliantly conjures up characters. . . . A book on exuberance ought to be a romp to read. The one is. Los Angeles Times
  • Jamison has a capacity for moving smoothly between tasty digressions, hard science and sweeping cultural analyses. . . . This reads like a book that was a long time in coming, written by one who came to appreciate the brightest sunlight only after becoming acquainted with the darkest nights. The Seattle Times

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave Benson | 2/2/2014

    " It's hard to explain my deep feelings about this book. I've read it twice now. Once about four years ago and again just recently (2013) I find both comfort and discomfort in how it so accurately describes my crazy mixed up brain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather | 1/20/2014

    " Excellent study of the rewards and challenges that having an exuberant personality can bring to your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/18/2014

    " cool exploration of the emotion and concept of Exuberance, enthusiasm, passion... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sherry (sethurner) | 1/2/2014

    " Kay Redfield Jamison has written a book that was for me a joy to read. She looks at that champagne of emotions, exuberance. Joy, curiosity, playfulness, and love are all aspects of exuberance, and Jamison looks at how it is important to, even essential in the development of animals - including humans. Then she goes on and shows how it is manifested in people like Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, John Muir, PT Barnum, and Richard Feynman. She also looks at joyful exuberance in fictional characters (Snoopy, Peter Pan, Tigger, Mr. Toad, characters in O Pioneers! and Giants in the Earth). She acknowledges the dark side of this trait, and examines how exuberance can be an aspect of violent and destructive behavior (in soldiers for example), and how it can be paired with depression. I was fascinated. There is a lengthy section of notes, and the book has a good index. "

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