Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History's Great Personalities
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Was Andy Warhol a hoarder? Did Einstein have autism? Was Frank Lloyd Wright a narcissist? In this surprising, inventive, and meticulously researched look at the evolution of mental health, acclaimed health and science journalist Claudia Kalb gives readers a glimpse into the lives of high-profile historic figures through the lens of modern psychology, weaving groundbreaking research into biographical narratives that are deeply embedded in our culture. From Marilyn Monroe's borderline personality disorder to Charles Darwin's anxiety, Kalb provides compelling insight into a broad range of maladies, using historical records and interviews with leading mental health experts, biographers, sociologists, and other specialists. Packed with intriguing revelations, this smart narrative brings a new perspective to one of the hottest new topics in today's cultural conversation.
one hallmark characteristic: insight. People with true OCD are painfully aware of how debilitating their thoughts and behaviors are but cannot figure out how to stop them. They are locked in a never ending duel with their brains. Hughes’s brand of OCD ran the gamut from germ phobias to rituals about how his clothes needed to be hung and the order in which his food had to be served. Petrified of germs, he required his assistants to wash their hands and put on white cotton gloves before presenting
the world more realistically than their more upbeat peers who may be irrationally optimistic. In Lincoln’s case, Ghaemi says, the president’s levelheadedness allowed him to advocate for ending slavery without alienating opponents, and to face the Civil War with full appreciation of its worst outcomes in a way that was more perceptive than many of his advisers. “Lincoln was not overly optimistic,” Ghaemi says, “and did not assume a win would be easy.” The notion that depression comes with
announced a new ad campaign featuring the actress as their “global glamour ambassador.” No matter that she’s long gone—her allure is eternal. Underneath it all, however, Marilyn Monroe was a profoundly troubled and complicated woman who yearned for love and stability. Dozens of biographers have told her story, complete with sordid details that may or may not be true. All varieties of literary heavyweights have weighed in, including Mailer, Diana Trilling, Joyce Carol Oates, and Gloria Steinem.
room the moment he strikes a chord,” Behrman wrote in the New Yorker. “It is a feat not only of technique, but of sheer virtuosity of personality.” Gershwin wrote that American music must “express the feverish tempo of American life.” His compositions did that better than anyone else’s—and along the way, he may have rescued himself. Kogan, the psychiatrist and pianist, believes strongly in the curative power of music. The act of creating, playing, and listening to melodies has provided inner
structures out of building blocks, and crafted houses of cards that reached 14 stories high. At school, he was the oddball, the kid who had no interest in sports or his peers. The neighborhood boys, who preferred to tussle in the streets, nicknamed him “the bore.” Biographer Dennis Overbye writes that Einstein’s “more typical playmates were the chickens or pigeons, or the small boat he sailed in a pail of water.” Young Albert was captivated by things, ideas, unknowns. When he was about four