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March 1932

Das Genie-Problem. Eine Einführung.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(3):753. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230150269014

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The author presents in condensed form an introduction to his larger work on "Genius, Insanity and Fame," which is the outcome of an extensive and intensive study of a large literature and 170 pathographic sketches. It is not merely the unusual talent, but especially the emotional stir caused by the performance and its effects within the spirit of the period that creates the evaluation as genius. The real feature of genius is the extent of recognition elicited. This does not ignore the fact of talent, but the emphasis is put on the fashion and line of sensitiveness of the period. Genius is not a tangible variety of mankind, but a sociological phenomenon. In connection with the important relation to insanity, the book offers a glossary of psychiatric terms. Most geniuses were never psychotic but largely psychopathic. The performance and fame and social response have to be studied independently to get