Napoleon Bonaparte on Depression

At age sixteen, 2nd lieut. Napoleon Bonaparte despaired. Always having dreamed of military greatness, he was enlisted in a military run by incompetent French nobility – one that offered Corsicans little chance of advancement.

“Always alone among men, I come home to dream by myself and to give myself over to all the forces of my melancholy, ” he wrote.  “My thoughts dwell on death… What fury drives me to wish for my own destruction? No doubt because I see no place for myself in this world.”

Eventually, he would rule much of Europe.

@ 2012 Jonathan Miller All Rights Reserved

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2 responses to “Napoleon Bonaparte on Depression

  1. jkvegh

    Often when I ask clients – several sessions later when things are starting to pull up, to think about on that moment of wanting to die. They generally say that this was another person, whom they are far removed from now. I wonder what Napoleon would have said if you had showed this paragraph that he wrote to him when he was at his peak.

  2. Its amazing how Napoleon what he accomplished and yet thought of death. Death is always is high priority when I begin seeing clients.

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