In this manifesto, clinical psychologist John Gartner hypothesizes that “American entrepreneurs are largely hypomanic.” Where mania is a severe illness, hypomania is not, in and of itself, an illness. It is a temperament characterized by an elevated mood state. And it is largely responsible for entrepreneurial success.
Editor’s Note: this is really an interesting article, and not just for those interested in psychology or entrepreneurship. After discussing hypomania, Gartner goes on to explain why immigration-friendly countries like the U.S. and Canada might have a disproportionately high rate of hypomanics which provides economic benefits and explains cultural attitudes towards business.