Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 386–388 | Cite as

The Psychiatry of Entrepreneurship

  • Ryan K. Louie
Feature: Perspective

Entrepreneurship represents among the most complex of human mental activities, requiring a multitude of higher orders of functioning, such as motivation, endurance, resiliency, confidence, intelligence, leadership, agility, creativity, and innovation. Entrepreneurs envision in their minds the possibility of a future state, and work to actualize that vision into reality. The economist Joseph Schumpeter provided key contributions to entrepreneurship theory which are still applicable today, when he introduced two fundamental ideas: that innovation drives the growth of economies and of capital markets, and the person responsible for this innovation is the entrepreneur [1]. These Schumpeterian qualities of starting a venture by innovating and having the desire to grow serve as the distinguishing characteristics that identify an entrepreneur, in contrast to those individuals who work in already-established businesses or in self-employment settings where there are no plans for scalability [2]...


Mental Health Issue Dyslexia Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Venture Formation Mental Health Wellness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai’i at MānoaHonoluluUSA

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