By Joseph G. Ponterotto Ph.D.
Robert (Bobby) James Fischer used to be one of many global s so much mysterious and fascinating personalities of the center twentieth century. He unmarried handedly ended a 35 12 months span of Russian domination of elite chess while 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 throughout the peak of the chilly conflict. the area is familiar with the tale of Fischer s ascent to the top of chess genius and brilliance, and it is aware of his mental decline into social isolation, paranoia, and certain psychological sickness. Now, for the 1st time, via A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer: realizing the Genius, secret, and mental Decline of a global Chess Champion, we come to appreciate the internal workings of Fischer s brain the genetic, own, family members, cultural, and political elements that jointly supply 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 occupation 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 family members atmosphere and his traditional highbrow presents that predisposed him to genius in chess. serious to realizing Bobby s character improvement is his dating together with his mom Regina Fischer and his sister Joan Fischer, in addition to his dating to his most likely 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 kingdom -- his distrust, anger, and hatred of Jews is explored and the origins of this affective kingdom are heavily tested. Dr. Ponterotto additionally offers the 1st, conscientiously and carefully sculpted mental post-mortem of Bobby Fischer hoping on smooth mental evaluation approaches. Of curiosity to readers could be a whole bankruptcy evaluating the genius and psychological future health 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 ailment between elite chess avid gamers, and gives a serious overview of the examine at the power dating among creativity (a hallmark of chess genius) and vulnerability to psychological disorder. eventually, Dr. Ponterotto outlines counseling and psychotherapy interventions that potentially can have helped Bobby all through his lifestyles. even though 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 booklet comprises 10 content material chapters and choose Tables, Figures, and kin Genograms, in addition to Appendices offering wide element at the lifetime of Bobby Fischer and relatives. eventually, the publication comprises a few unique kin images by no means sooner than released.
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Bobby Fischer had now earned the right to challenge Boris Spassky for the World Chess Championship. 1 Almost single-handedly Bobby Fischer broke what had been three decades of Soviet domination of the World Chess title. By September, 1972, Bobby Fischer was an international celebrity and superstar. Bobby now had the world at his feet—worldwide adoration, potentially millions of dollars in product endorsements, as much companionship (romantic or plutonic) as he desired—how would he now manage his genius, success, and fame?
School Psychologist, Scarsdale Public Schools, and Private Practice, White Plains, NY “Ponterotto has given us a unique gift: something fundamentally NEW about Praise for xxxi Bobby Fischer. His psychobiography doesn’t walk the boards paced by countless others before him, seeking to score academic points by picking the nits of place, time, and motive. It isn’t a work of sympathy or damnation. D. D. Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI A PSYCHOBIOGRAPHY OF BOBBY FISCHER Chapter One BRIEF NOTES ON PSYCHOBIOGRAPHY, PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, AND RESEARCH METHODS All I want to do, ever, is play chess.
For example, American Grandmaster Yasser Seira wan (2010) ranked Bobby Fischer as the third greatest chess player of all time (behind Kasparov and Karpov). 1 OFFICIAL WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONS (MEN) AND THEIR CHESSMETRICS AVERAGE PEAK RATINGS Undisputed World Champions (1886–1993) Average Peak Ratings Champion Championship Years 10 Years 5 Years 1 Year Wilhelm Steinitz 1886–1894 2763 2789 2802 Dr. Emanuel Lasker 1894–1921 2847 2854 2863 Jose Raoul Capablanca 1921–1927 2813 2843 2866 1927–1935 2804 2827 2851 1935–1937 2731 2741 2759 1948–1957 2810 2843 2871 Dr.