TFTD: Kay Jamison quote

“I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers; that restlessness and discontent are vital things; and that intense experience and suffering instruct us in ways that less intense emotions can never do. I believe, in short, that we are equally beholden to heart and mind, and that those who have particularly passionate temperaments and questioning minds leave the world a different place for their having been there. It is important to value intellect and discipline, of course, but it is also important to recognize the power of irrationality, enthusiasm and vast energy. Intensity has its costs, of course — in pain, in hastily and poorly reckoned plans, in impetuousness — but it has its advantages as well.”
Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, Author and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University
in “The Benefits of Restlessness and Jagged Edges
NPR Morning Edition, June 6, 2005

Besides being a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at prestigious Johns Hopkins University and the author of many excellent books, Kay Redfield Jamison has bipolar disorder. Unlike the bipolars today, Dr. Jamison continued her studies and has enjoyed a successful career. I believe that her success is due to her bipolar disorder, not in spite of it. We could all walk away from this with something.

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