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245 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
What if the inattentiveness that makes school or work a challenge holds the secret to your future as an entrepreneur? What if the anxiety you often feel can actually help energize you? Renowned psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer believes that labels for behavior like "ADHD," "bipolar," and "OCD" are normal human qualities--and contends that we all experience these and other psychological traits to some extent, yet fail to leverage the significant advantages they can offer. Here, Dr. Archer offers a framework for redefining what constitutes mental health. Drawing on his twenty years of clinical experience, he describes eight traits of human behavior. Each of these occurs along a continuum rather than as a simple on-off switch (where "off " means we're fine, and "on" means we've got a problem). These are the aspects of our personality that we worry about the most, but these are also the very things that make us distinctive and different.--From publisher description.
The eight traits -- Adventurous (ADHD) -- Perfectionist (OCD) -- Shy (social anxiety disorder) -- Hyper-alert (generalized anxiety disorder) -- Dramatic (histrionic) -- Self-focused (narcissistic) -- High energy (bipolar) -- Magical (schizophrenia).