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09-08-2011, 05:41 PM
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"Genius is nothing more than another term for obsession."

Write an essay in which you take a position on the statement above. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider instances in which the statement is true as well as those in which the statement is false.


In many cases, historical figures in the art and science realm have blurred the line between genius and obsession. From Einsteinís obsession with proving his theory of relativity to Beethovenís dedication to composing music despite his handicap have proven that obsession is closely related even an interchangeable term for genius.

Many geniuses throughout history have been known for having prominent social deficiencies in relation to their obsessions. Take for instance, Howard Hughes and his obsession with organization and sanitation diagnosing him as highly OCD; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Hughes went as far as locking himself in his corridors for days while playing out an organizing obsession he had in his mind. Many of those obsessions he applied to the aviation industry creating making breakthroughs in airplane design creating the largest propelled aircraft in history at that time as well as one of the fastest propelled airplanes.

However, as many geniuses were obsessive in their personalities and their professions, being obsessive does not make someone a genius. A killer who obsesses about murdering does not make them a genius. An addict who obsesses about their next fix does not make them a genius. Genius does not always equate to obsession as it also defines the level of IQ a person has. Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, although being tested as having an extraordinary high IQ, in the 170 range, was label as a genius but went on to bomb many factories and corporations. Genius also equates to the extraordinary genetic intellect abilities over other average human beings.

Obsession is not exclusive to the highly intelligent and the term does not relate to only positive outcomes. Many obsessions in our daily lives can be destructive to our relationships with others. People can be obsessed with other people, things and activities. Addiction could also be synonymous with obsession. Surfers or people who frequently parachute may be addicted to the adrenaline rush of these activities even so far as being obsessed with what they do. Only if an individual has something original or significant to contribute to their obsessed interest would they be considered a genius.