“There is no genius without a touch of madness” Aristotle
Indeed, all very creative people do behave oddly. Often defined as weird, we even use in describing them other more pedestrian terms; such as, nutty, etc.
Let us first define genius as one who is able to think in alternatives, discern new patterns in nature, create novel products for our own comfort and survival, or emotionally resonating to us things such as pieces of art, literature or music.or successfully lead people according to his/her aims by intuitively being able to harness group phenomena and their frustrations whatever they may be, and redirect them to archive his/her own aims for power but not necessarily for their benefit.
All geniuses invariably have an extreme and lopsided personality/temperament from birth. They are secretly aloof, self-centered, not easily connected emotionally with other fellow humans even though they can hide that with learned exuberance or civility. They are often explosive, moody, or unusually exuberant or express odd and often to us incomprehensible thinking or behavior. In fact, it has become apparent in our observations and studies that such personality- temperament configuration of genius is not only necessary but crucial as an enabling factor for expressing creativity, providing of course are also intelligent, persistent, and curious. In fact, many of them on account of their extremely odd temperament end up with a mental condition as well.
Not all people with this personality become genius, but all geniuses have the lopsided autonomous inner-directed personality of the above-mentioned type acting as the enabling factor.
An example was Nicola Tesla, who created the very useful ways for electricity, like alternating current — among many others, discoveries about which he was also very secretive, often “paranoiac,” and reportedly in love, for all things, with a pigeon!
Another example was Steve Jobs who created a new reality for communication and entertainment with Apple computer. He was intense, explosive, and suffered from mood swings.
Recently, a genius — on the same level of Leonardo Da Vinci of 15th century — named Elon Musk created and is creating technologies that are already changing the world and our future, is also publicly self-confessed as bipolar.
All the above are a public record.
Geniuses come in a variety of types. In addition to the technologically advanced geniuses mentioned above, others like Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt were geniuses in leadership. They both had personality profiles of bipolar. They were able to demonstrate what it takes. One to restructure our country like Theodore Roosevelt by eliminating disparity of wealth and the other kept a country safe from defeat and destruction like Winston Churchill, while Amadeus Mozart created heavenly music that leaves a mark on all of us.yet with mood swings became an alcoholic died a pauper.
Geniuses can come from anywhere: Aristóteles the teacher of Alexander from a little village in Greece named Stagira; Nikola Tesla from a little village in Croatia named Smiljan; and the biological father of Steve Jobs an Arab-Muslim from Syria.
Recently, the term “stable genius” was expressed in the news media. Well, there is no such a thing as a “stable genius”.
Read about Alexander the Great who killed his beloved friend in a fit of anger and then cried for days and later died from alcoholism in Babylon in the 4th century BC.
Winston Churchill, in addition to being continually drunk during world war two, foolishly and irrationally declared Greece the soft underbelly of Europe and as the First Lord of the Admiralty, in 1915 he brought 50,OOO ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand) troops from the other side of the world to fight unknown people in a land they did no know even existed, Turkey. This resulted in the meaningless deaths of more than 20,000 of them in the Gallipoli campaign.
The above underscore the fickle unpredictable and potential dangerous behavior of leader genius for those he leads.
Over the years, I was myself interested in the matter of geniuses and even published an article with my findings concerning the subject earlier on my blog.