There is no great genius without a mixture of madness

I have taken the opportunity to re-post this from our sister blog OISE Bristol because I found myself talking about psychopaths and psychopathic patterns of behaviour in the business world with my Business English group this week, and they all nodded in recognition. However, it’s worth adding as a mild corrective that one of the concerns of Ronson’s book is with the pathologisation of ordinary behaviours – the psychiatric profession, in tandem it seems with Big Pharma (the large pharmaceutical companies), has swelled the handbook of pathological conditions (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders) to an enormous volume (886 pages). It is now hardly possible not to be caught on some spectrum of disorder or other. We are all a little bit mad, by definition.

You can read more about Ronson’s book in Will Self’s review of it, here.


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