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Steve Jobs: Intensities and Overexcitabilities

Listening to Walter Isaacson (in his interview with Charlie Rose) about his new bio of Steve Jobs, one of his comments that caught my attention was this [paraphrased]:

“The deep emotionalism surprised me. He’d be talking and I looked up and there were tears… He was talking about the ad campaign ‘Here’s to the Crazy Ones’ and he got very emotional.”

Here is a quote from the bio, by Joe Nocera, then a writer for Esquire, describing Jobs’ intensity at a NeXT computer staff meeting:

“It’s not quite right to say that he is sitting through this staff meeting because Jobs doesn’t sit through much of anything; one of the ways he dominates is through sheer movement. One moment he’s kneeling in his chair, the next minute he’s slouching in it; the next he has leaped out of his chair entirely and is scribbling on the blackboard directly behind him. He is full of mannerisms. He bites his nails. He stares with unnerving earnestness at whoever is speaking. His hands, which are slightly and inexplicably yellow, are in constant motion.”

These references sound like the unusually intense levels of emotional, physical and other capacities that Polish clinician and theorist Kazimierz Dabrowski detailed in his theory of personality development.

He particularly addressed high ability, gifted and talented people, and said, “Almost 97 percent of the highly creative suffer from different kinds of overexcitabilities, neuroses, and psychoneuroses.

Continued in much longer post, with a video excerpt of the Charlie Rose show interview, and the 1984 Macintosh commercial:

Steve Jobs: Intensities and Overexcitabilities.

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Steve Jobs: Intensities and Overexcitabilities


Douglas Eby

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Eby, D. (2011). Steve Jobs: Intensities and Overexcitabilities. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 22, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/10/steve-jobs-intensities-and-overexcitabilities/

 

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