By Joseph G. Ponterotto Ph.D.
Robert (Bobby) James Fischer used to be one of many global s so much mysterious and intriguing personalities of the center twentieth century. He unmarried handedly ended a 35 yr span of Russian domination of elite chess whilst he defeated Boris Spassky for the realm Chess Championship in 1972 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Fischer s dynamic victory ignited in americans a keenness for the sport of chess and a deep delight in being American through the top of the chilly battle. the realm is aware the tale of Fischer s ascent to the head of chess genius and brilliance, and it is aware of his mental decline into social isolation, paranoia, and sure psychological ailment. Now, for the 1st time, via A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer: knowing the Genius, secret, and mental Decline of an international Chess Champion, we come to appreciate the internal workings of Fischer s brain the genetic, own, relatives, cultural, and political components that jointly offer a penetrating window into the why of Bobby Fischer s genius and peculiar habit. popular counseling psychologist and writer Dr. Joseph G. Ponterotto deconstructs nearly each point of Fischer s own and profession existence to sculpt an integrative mental profile of this enigmatic international character. even though there were many articles, books, and flicks on Bobby Fischer, this article represents the 1st scholarly mental evaluation of the area s most famed chess champion. one of the issues addressed within the present quantity are Bobby s early relations setting and his typical highbrow presents that predisposed him to genius in chess. severe to figuring out Bobby s character improvement is his courting along with his mom Regina Fischer and his sister Joan Fischer, in addition to his dating to his most probably organic father, Paul Felix Nemenyi. those issues are explored in-depth and the influence of those relationships on Bobby s mental improvement is highlighted. Bobby s later-life inner psychological nation -- his distrust, anger, and hatred of Jews is explored and the origins of this affective country are heavily tested. Dr. Ponterotto additionally presents the 1st, rigorously and carefully sculpted mental post-mortem of Bobby Fischer counting on sleek mental evaluation approaches. Of curiosity to readers may be a whole bankruptcy evaluating the genius and psychological overall healthiness demanding situations of the us maximum chess champions who lived a century aside, Paul Morphy and Bobby Fischer. This ebook additionally explores the subject of the superiority of psychological sickness between elite chess gamers, and gives a serious evaluation of the learn at the capability dating among creativity (a hallmark of chess genius) and vulnerability to psychological sickness. eventually, Dr. Ponterotto outlines counseling and psychotherapy interventions that in all probability can have helped Bobby all through his existence. notwithstanding there are lots of biographies at the lifetime of Bobby Fischer, this article represents the 1st scholarly, systematically derived psychobiography of this nice chess champion and enigmatic international character. The e-book comprises 10 content material chapters and choose Tables, Figures, and family members Genograms, in addition to Appendices supplying vast aspect at the lifetime of Bobby Fischer and kin. eventually, the publication contains a few unique family members photographs by no means prior to released.
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In contrast to his disinterest in public school, Bobby soon developed an intense interest in chess. In fact, to say Bobby soon became obsessed with chess would be an understatement. Since his early days in Mobile, Arizona, Bobby had been independent-minded and taciturn (Brady, 1973). Chess would further isolate him from typical childhood social activities and Regina soon became quite concerned with what she termed Bobby’s “chess mania” (Brady, 1973, p. 8). More specifically, she was worried that his interest in chess was becoming obsessive.
Initially written by Dr. Pasin in Italian, he also translated the poem into English. With his permission I present the poem on the next pages. Furthermore, to acknowledge 14 A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer and honor the multilingual talent (and memory) of Bobby Fischer, his mother Regina Fischer, and his niece Elisabeth Targ, I present the poem, first in the original Italian, then in the English translation. Il Giocatore Bobby Vi prego non relegate me Bobby, il giocatore di scacchi, il piu’ grande che il mondo conobbe al solo ruolo di pazzo paranoico alienato fui questa la verita un genio un artista un scienziato vincitore feroce ma cortese perdente raro cupo ma dignitoso privo di lusinghe ed inganni un artista guerriero che viveva ancora second le leggi dei samurai in quell gioco piu ti tutto cercai belezza armonia e verita lo innalzai a vette infinite ma non trovai mai quiete e ristoro alle mie pene di uomo forse non fu la pazzia e portarmi via ma il vento nero e gelido dell’Islanda e delle sua malinconia Dr.
Founding Director and Clinical Professor Psychological Services Institute, Fordham University “The link between genius and mental illness is often observed but rarely resolved. Chess genius Bobby Fischer’s oddities give way to accomplished academician and chess lover Joseph Ponterotto’s systematic application of contemporary psychology. Dr. Ponterotto shows us greater meaning in the tragic life of one of the superstars of modern chess. Had proper help been available to a young Bobby Fischer, what elegance of chess mastery might the world have experienced?