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Author Weeks, David Joseph, 1944-

Title Eccentrics : a study of sanity and strangeness / Dr. David Weeks and Jamie James
Edition First edition
Published New York : Villard Books, 1995


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 MELB  001.9 Wee/Eas  AVAILABLE
Description viii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction: A Golden Age of Weirdness -- 1. The Study -- 2. Four Hundred Years of Eccentrics -- 3. Eccentricity and Creativity: The Artists -- 4. The Scientists -- 5. Lost Continents and Golden Ages -- 6. Eccentricity and Mental Illness -- 7. Eccentric Childhood -- 8. The Eccentric Personality -- 9. The Psycholinguistic Analysis -- 10. Eccentric Women -- 11. Sexual Eccentricity -- 12. Eccentricity and Health
Summary In Eccentrics: A Study of Sanity and Strangeness, Dr. Weeks - in collaboration with journalist Jamie James - reveals that eccentrics are creative, curious, idealistic, opinionated, intelligent, and, in many cases, healthier than normal people. They also consult doctors about sixteen times less frequently than noneccentrics; because they are less prone to the stresses of conformity, Weeks suggests, they suffer fewer ailments
Eccentrics shows you how to identify your own eccentricities and cultivate them so that you, too, can lead a happier - if perhaps slightly more odd - existence. After all, most eccentrics don't wear fright wigs and magenta tights (though they don't hesitate to do so if they feel the urge); many of them carry their weirdness within, and some have had profound cultural influences - consider Ben Franklin, who was a nudist (he called it "air-bathing"); Alexander Graham Bell, who tried to teach his dog to talk; and James Joyce, who always carried in his waistcoat a pair of ladies' bloomers, which he would wave at parties to show his approval
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-265) and index
Subject Eccentrics and eccentricities -- United States -- Biography.
Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Author James, Jamie, 1951-
LC no. 95001857