Its negative symptoms and determination. I have very low negative symptoms. I am on a full ride to a university and make straight A’s and am a competitive powerlifter. That obviously shows that I have very low negative symptoms. She also put up one hell of a fight. She has mental fortitude like that of a Navy SEAL or something, she doesnt give up, and when she is defeated she comes right back up.
She’s my role model, I read her book and watch her interviews. She was on TED talks too by the way.
She, like John Nash, is a genius. Without a doubt, her IQ is in the 1%, smarter than me, smarter than anyone on these forums. Little things from her autobiography include teaching herself French fluently in like a month, writing undergrad papers that would have earned her a PhD if she had been in a doctorate program at the time, ect.
She also had top of the line treatment, psychoanalysis. That is nearly impossible to find these days, but she had real Freudian psychoanalysis while psychotic at Oxford. I have a 150$/ hour therapist who I see once every two weeks, little secret of mine, and I am very highly functioning. Im no Elyn Saks but I am higher functioning than most normal people. What percentage of normal people have 3.9’s and are competitive athletes going to school for free? Probably less than 5% to be very loose (probably like 2% of the people at my school are like me) but Elyn Saks makes me look like a stupid donkey.
Its good to have role models, but dont try to be them, let them teach you but dont mimic. Be yourself. Elyn Saks wasnt cut out for powerlifting. Im not cut out for Oxford.