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(1977). Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. XI, 1975: The Hero as Madman. L. D. Hankoff. Pp. 315-333.. Psychoanal Q., 46:180-181.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. XI, 1975: The Hero as Madman. L. D. Hankoff. Pp. 315-333.

(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:180-181

Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. XI, 1975: The Hero as Madman. L. D. Hankoff. Pp. 315-333.

Episodes of malingering [involving] mental illness are ascribed to five individuals in history before 500 B.C.—Odysseus, David, Solon, Kai Khosrau, and Brutus. The five ancient accounts follow a general pattern. All five heroes early in their careers, before achieving anything like their ultimate renown, were confronted by life threatening situations, and [feigned] mental disorder to escape

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the death threat. Following the incident all five went on to extraordinary careers, in no way deterred by their past aberrant public behavior. The [feigning] of mental disorder stands as a nodal point in their careers, presaging brilliant accomplishments and functioning as a self-renewal, perhaps symbolizing the hero's rebirth.

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(1977). Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. XI, 1975. Psychoanal. Q., 46:180-181

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