Reposted as an anthropological curiosity. I’ll leave the bulk analysis as a homework assignment because I’ve already done three textwalls today and I’m pretty tired. A couple of notes to get you started: entrepreneurship requires IQ (frontal, parietal, temporal, or occipital), energy (frontal, parietal, limbic), and ambition (frontal, parietal, limbic). Depression, especially long-lasting and/or suicidal depression, is a thal front thing. People with melon fronts experience depression in a very different way, and only when they want to, and they can shake it off whenever they feel like it.
I will only quote one portion as an example of deepsock-style altruism and ingenopathy:
Nobody cares if I’m anxious about what’s going on [in my company],” he said. “I took money from people, and I feel a deep sense of obligation to get them their money back.
Would a melon fret whether people are getting the best possible ROI? Of course not, and certainly not to the point of exhaustion. A melon cares about his customers’ perception of ROI- in a pragmatic way- but such frivolous “fretting” is not in his nature.
Edit: *Sigh* Okay, one more note. A /. commenter recommended a book of antidepression techniques that sounds promising.
Another thing you can do is avail yourself of one of the better self-help books out there; it’s called “Feeling Good” by David Burns. I highly recommend reading the first 50 pages, minimum, and doing the exercises (about 10 minutes per day) to start; the book is based on years of solid research and is very accessible. The techniques described have been proven in labs all over the world.
The reason I like this book is because the techniques employed are lab tested; it is not a “feel good” book; it’s a book that describes how to deal with the thoughts that cause depression – i.e. cognitive distortions, and how to “talk back” to those distortions in ways that effectively disarm them. Feeling Good is available for about $10 from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Feeling-… [amazon.com]; it is used by therapists all over the world and is probably the most effective book of its kind. btw, this book is also helpful for people who are just going through a rough patch, but are not depressed.
Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression
Last note, really: This phenomenon is going to be more prominent in deepsock entrepreneurs: that is, STEM startups rather than alcohol cartels, internet cartels, strip club owners, and other consumer goods monopolies.