Professor Keirsey had his lecture course on Madness taped on cassettes in 1982. This post is the ninth audio track. More audio tracks will follow.
Track 1: The beginning of History of Madness lecture course
He surveys the idea of madness “as far back as we can go”. At the end of the course, he talks a little about his theory of madness: which he called at the time, “Wholistic Theory of Madness” based social field theory and Temperament.
Once asked what was the most important thing he wanted people to get from his work, he said:
“I want people to understand that there is no such thing as madness.”
This is a very important track. (of course all tracks should be listened to)
A Temperament Basis of a Theory of Madness:
Friedrich Nietzsche, Vincent Van Gogh, Vaslav Nijinsky madness in different ways.
The madness [insanity] takes on the way of the person’s Temperament, just as being sane takes on the way of Temperament.
We can be mad, brilliant or stupidly. Kinds of madness and degrees of madness.
Kinds and degrees of ability.
Madness requires ability.
Four kinds of people.