his savvy could help for basically two reasons.  The first is that in our day-to-day lives we could encounter hyperthymic people, or we ourselves may have hyperthymic personalities and tendencies, and an ability to recognize the routine signs could help us know what to expect, could let us help others by recognizing what’s causing their problems, etc.  Some of these behaviors have such high obvious consequences that it may be debatable whether the behaviors should go within the normal, routine range, or the psychopathically cavalier range.  If you got involved with someone who acts like this you’d seem just as codependent as if you got involved with an alcoholic or a druggie.  Also, the apoplectic blow-ups of someone with an artistic temperament could qualify as “verbal abuse,” if you took them personally.  In the jazz age, those who were savvy of how such behavior looked more crazy than offensive, referred to apoplectic blow-ups in response to moderate irritations, as “bugging out,” which is where Bugsy Siegel got his nickname.  Also, the phenomena that lead to the verbal apoplectic blow-ups can sometimes lead to violent rages, as I’ll illustrate both in the case of a German teenager, and in the case of OJ Simpson.  A lot of us are out there, and don’t realize that they’re hyperthymic.

When I talk about my familiarity with this, to some people it comes across as arcane science.  Yet, for example, Sylvia Plath once wrote in her diary about a married couple she knew, “She’s manic and he’s depressive,” so obviously Sylvia didn’t think that recognizing such things is arcane science.  Recognizing that someone’s demeanor is consistently and naturally bright, expressive, contented and bluesy, etc., really isn’t that difficult.  If you have a hyperthymic personality yourself, and have always sensed that in certain ways you’re absolutely different from most people, but certain other people, other hyperthymics, each have several of them, (such as: depth of insight, hedonism, earthiness, enthusiasm) then seeing several of these traits in someone, especially if you also see them in those with whom he’s compatible, tells you something.  Another general quality that you could sense in these people and their significant others, whether blood relatives or those who are compatible, is energetic aggressive expansive and/or flamboyant behaviors that simply come across as unhealthy, as things that they obviously find desirable, but most people wouldn’t because they’d cause too many problems for themselves or others, they have a grotesque quality to them, etc.  When you see these sorts of things fairly or very consistently among someone’s significant others, that tells you something.

For years, I’ve been telling people, “Ha, ha, James B. Stewart’s book about the Milken-Boesky insider trading scandal, Den of Thieves, makes so many allusions to the main players showing signs of hyperthymic temperament, that I wouldn’t be surprised if Stewart is savvy about this, and he put all those hints in there intentionally!”  In fact, the only person in there who he says explicitly has bipolar disorder, is Boesky’s “best friend on Wall Street,” John Mulheren.  The book says, “He was almost always ‘high.’  His energy was tremendous, he needed little sleep, and he did many things—from drinking to partying to stock speculating—to excess.,” as he lived as an overachiever.  A caption on a picture in that book says, “When he learned that Boesky had implicated him in the scandal, Mulheren, a manic-depressive, loaded a small arsenal of weapons into his car—and set out to kill Boesky,” as if of course those sophisticated enough to be interested in a book on high finance, would know that though Mulheren had been leading a normal life beforehand, he was still labile enough to go into what was literally temporary insanity.

I’d always wanted to have in front of me a list of the most notable of these allusions.  For you, I figured that I’d rake them all up and put them together....

After the Drexel Burnham Lambert company made a plea agreement which included that Milken either get fired or resign, and the head of the corporate finance department issued a memo that Drexel employees no longer have any contact with Milken, when the conference committee glumly gathered to plan Drexel’s next annual Predator’s Ball, “Suddenly the door opened and Milken himself came in, bursting with vitality and ideas.  He sat down at the table and began talking almost immediately, focusing on the conference as though nothing had changed, as though he’d be leading the sessions, taking the stage to introduce the year’s surprise celebrity.  He reeled off the latest detailed financial statistics on key Drexel clients, focusing in particular on the recent success of MCI Communications and 20th Century-Fox, and how they should be presented to participants.

“As suddenly as he’d come in, Milken left.”

Also, though Milken is so daring, he sure does sob and weep readily.

It’s pretty clear, though, that while Milken seems to fit both the positive and the negative stereotypes of artists, Boesky seems to fit only the negative ones.  While Gordon Gekko’s “greed is good” persona was based loosely on Boesky, Milken has gone public about his own prostate cancer, and has done other things for the greater good.  Yet when you look at pictures of Boesky and Milken from the 1980s, in which Boesky tends to look bitter while Milken could look giddy even in situations where he should be feeling responsible for what he did, it’s hard to say which one looks the most sociopathic.

Also, sometimes you can get an isolated glimpse of someone, such as an interview on TV of Smokey Robinson, who has a reputation for having a great personality, where he gets so enthusiastically excited about something that this comes across as different, extreme, though he’s obviously also very sincere and clean-cut.  The On Being Bipolar - Home Page describes hyperthymics as “bright, intelligent, intuitive and creative creatures.  My psychiatrist jokes that people wish that they could experience hypomania so they could feel the energy that oozes from you.”  Since our main intuitive ability seems to be an ability to read people, is probably why so many psychologists are Us; in fact, about two decades ago someone made a documentary about twelve-year-old soldiers around the world, which included a statement by an English-speaking Angolan psychologist about that country’s twelve-year-old soldiers, and his demeanor was exactly the same as that of the sincere, insightful, slightly dramatic psychologists you’d see here.

And of course, we tend to: be smart, have creative pursuits (including in the sciences), DV8 from the norm, be cosmopolitan and anti-sexist (We tend to hate conventional stereotypes.), be either very warm or very cold (some could be both depending on what they feel like doing at the moment), be either very deep or very shallow or both at different times, be able to read others to a great degree, and write with a poetic cadence even when foreigners are writing casual letters in broken English (I wrote to Martin in the Czech Republic because he ran an international ad saying that he wanted to write to a woman “who knows that love is a God,” and I could sense this cadence so many times in his letters that not only were written in broken English but were written with a self-consciousness about this though I could understand his English a lot more easily than I could understand his cyclonic handwriting, so he clearly didn’t plan to have this cadence intentionally, such as, “Sharen, I believe if we were close each other we should understand without only a word.  The look in your laughing and sincere eyes would be tune us on the same wave of thinking and feeling.  This and similar ideas assure to me in the time when is rainy and the weather isn’t too amiable—just like today.  Then I always recall on you that you’re living in very coloured, fresh, and warm nook of the Earth.”  Oh, Martin, where are you now?!

I read a literary critique of a novel that was written in that way, that called that style “Promethean,” which I guess is the literary snob’s way of saying, “hot.”), to surround ourselves with other hyperthymics since to us everyone else seems half dead, etc.  And then there are other possible signs, such as a tension in the throat that makes the voice sound nasal and treble and makes the vowels tend to sound like schwas, an inflection that sounds like the stereotypical Valley Girl, an exaggerated tendency to emphasize words by raising and lowering the eyebrows quickly as you’d see in the stereotypical “acting Jewish” demeanor, an artistic temperament, a provocative love of shocking people, pathological behaviors and attitudes that are as intractable and mentally vacant as are those that are connected with chronic depression, etc.  As you become attuned to the differences in some of the feelings that come naturally to different people, you might remember some people you’ve met whose usual states of mind, or emotional responses, were clearly different.  For example, a girl who was in my second-grade class was so shy she must have been chronically depressed, and a boy in my sixth-grade class would break down crying with a panicky expression on his face, over trivialities such as the teacher talking about a wrong answer of his when the class could hear, though this kid usually had an easygoing personality, not as if he’d been traumatized.  And this was in Texas, where such behaviors from males would be strongly condemned.


 
 

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