Richard A. Friedman

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RHT 101
March 2nd 2012

Richard A. Friedman
The article Born to Be Happy, Through a Twist of Human Hard Wire by Richard A Friedman addresses both psychiatric and scientific aspects of physiological disorders. The main concern of this article in tales what makes individuals happy or obtain happiness and also explaining how psychiatric illnesses alter their happiness. Friedman’s main disorder explained is a temperament disorder called hyperthymia a mental illness that is rare in America. Friedman’s definition of hyperthymia states, “Constant joyous temperament, energetic and productive and are often the envy of all who know them because they don’t have to work at it” (Friedman par 3). Prior to this definition Richard provides two of his own personal experiences of women who are diagnosed with hyperthymia. The women both state quotes on their personal feelings about having this disorder, both in a sense feel that it is quite embarrassing being happy all the time especially for no good reason, which makes the reader stop and think to themselves why would anyone not want that? Making the reader want to continue reading the article to find out how to obtain happiness without trying for their own wellbeing. The stories also give the reader a visual description and better understanding of a hyperthymic person making it informative to even readers that may have no knowledge about science. Only having a small article space in the New York Times, and not a full essay to explain this topic in detail along with other related illnesses. The other key disorder explained is the main reason for hyperthymia being so abnormal and such limited knowledge. About three percent of American adults suffer from dysthymia (Friedman par 3), a disorder that deals with unbalanced chemicals in the brain resulting in mild depression. Friedman intelligently describes dysthmia as “hyperthymia’s dark twin” (Friedman par 4) which immediately the reader implies that it’s the opposite of all that...
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