Abraham Lincoln: The Greatest President and Sufferer of Melanchol‪y‬ >>

Abraham Lincoln contemplated suicide more than once in his life, he knew suffering and yet he is perhaps histories’ greatest leader through a period of time where the nation also wept, the American Civil War.

Howard Hughes: A perfectionistic obsession to innovat‪e‬ >>

Howard Hughes was one of the most financially successful businessmen of all time, an engineer, a record setting pilot, film producer and philanthropist. His obsessive compulsive disorder drove his ability to stunningly innovate but ultimately it caused great suffering.

Marilyn Monroe: From Orphan to Iconic Movie Starle‪t >>

Marilyn Monroe had a traumatic upbringing, yet marketed herself into one of the worlds most famous actresses. Despite her many successes she longed to feel truly loved but never found her love adequately requited.

Ernest Hemingway: Hypomania Drove Writing Geniu‪s‬ >>

Ernest Hemingway was one of the most accomplished writers of the 20th century and also one of the most colorful public figures of his lifetime. Underneath that he suffered mightily from bipolar disorder and alcoholism. Unfortunately, the two were inexorably connected.

Lenny Bruce: Laugh Till You Cr‪y‬ >>

Lenny Bruce invented the genre of satirical comedy against a back drop of depression, substance abuse and constant legal troubles for public obscenity. Original and innovative, his diseases ultimately ended his life.

Marie Curie: The Discovery of Radioactivity Through Deep Depressio‪n‬ >>

Marie Curie discovered two elements and radioactivity while enduring deep clinical depressions, even as the sexism of the time tried to deny her the 2 nobel prizes she won.

Matthew Henson: Courageous Discoverer Despite Racis‪m‬ >>

Matthew Henson is likely the first man to set foot on the north pole due to his deep curiosity, tenacity and unusal survival skills. The racism of the time may have robbed him of wide recognition but not the feat.

Muhammad Ali: A Study in How to Become “The Greatest‪”‬ >>

Muhammad Ali remains one of the greatest boxers of all time, but he was also a principled pacifist, Muslim and important to the civil rights movement. What drove this colorful, larger than life man?

Henry VIII: When Biology Drives Paranoia and Thereby History >>

Henry VIII was considered amongst the most charismatic and consequential of Kings, marrying six times and establishing the Church of England. What explains his physical and mental downfall later in life?

Amy Winehouse: Painfilled Lyrics Foreshadow Death >>

Amy Winehouse was a Grammy award winning pop, soul and jazz singer whose haunting voice and astonishingly emotive lyrics revealed her short, tumultuous, tempestuous and addiction permeated life. What led to her incomprehensible talent and insurmountable struggle?

Joe McCarthy – Part 2: When Power Corrupts >>

Joe McCarthy was a U.S. republican senator from Wisconsin who from the late 1940’s through much of the 1950s championed the idea that there was rampant communist subversion in various institutions and individuals in the United States, an attack campaign which came to be known as McCarthyism.

Joe McCarthy – Part 1: The Power of Personality >>

At one point Joe McCarthy was amongst the most powerful and dangerous of people, what specifically within his character, personality and earlier life experiences enabled him to rise from poor farm boy to senator to demagogue?

Adolf Hitler: What makes a malevolent mind? >>

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Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi party, dictator in Germany from 1933-1945, initiator of world war II, perpetrator of the Holocaust and widely considered one of the most evil leaders in all of history.

John Lennon – Part 2: Joined to Yoko >>

Decades after his death, John Lennon is still one of the most well-known artists of all time. His life and work went through many changes, but perhaps no influence was more impactful than his relationship with Yoko Ono.

John Lennon – Part 1: Composer of Longing >>

John Lennon was one of the worlds most revered singer songwriters, and peace activists. His lyrics are filled with unresolved mourning and longing which can be understood as a product of his early traumatic life. How did John’s childhood suffering inform his creative productions and drive his desire for peace?

Diane Arbus: Evoking freaks >>

Diane Arbus, a renowned photographer who changed our view of acceptable subject matter with shocking and emotionally riveting photographs of people considered to be on the fringes of society, or as she called them freaks. Her own struggle with depression and internal feelings of being an outsider, an oddity, drove her creative passion.

Theodore Roosevelt: Morality and hypomania >>

Theodore Roosevelt was a progressive policy setter, a conservationist and the 26th President of the Unites States. His early life struggles, and grandiose attitude drove him to implement his moral code to strengthen the US. Then depression brought him crashing down. Jump inside the mind of one of our most colorful Presidents.

Frida Kahlo: When trauma shapes artistic creation >>

Frida Kahlo is a revolutionary Mexican, feminist, and LGBTQ artist whose devastating trauma became the key ingredient in her ability to evocatively show pain and suffering on a canvas. She became a symbol of revolution for the disenfranchised. What made her willing and able to reveal her own differences and stand for the rights of others?

Harry Houdini: A Lifetime of Escaping >>

Harry Houdini, a name synonymous with magic. The innovator of escapism, known the world over, the secrets to his performances remain unknown to this day. How did a poor jewish immigrant from Budapest virtually invent the art of self liberation? What drove Houdini as an inventor, performer and debunker of spiritualism?

Vincent Van Gogh: A Portrait of Neuropsychiatric Illness >>

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most influential of all post impressionist artists. Known for his emotive and intensely expressive style, he is also known for excessive suffering in his short 37 year life. But what caused Vincent’s extreme moods and did his mental issues contribute to the beauty and originality in his artwork?

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