Famous Bipolar People


Napoleon Bonaparte was a French political leader and military officer. He was the French Emperor named as Napoleon I. His actions and policies made a great impact on the politics of Europe in the 19th century. Born on August 15, 1769 in Corsica, rising to fame and respect under the First Republic of France. Napoleon is often portrayed by some writers as a hard-hearted person, who does not care about other people but only for his own success.

Napoleon is known for his intelligence and strong personality through his life. He was admired by his tutors at the time for his application of Mathematics in real life. He also did well in geography and history. He demonstrated his intelligence in his adulthood as he applied it to his military strategies. He calculated his moves carefully, giving him the many victories.


Five years before being proclaimed emperor by the French Senate, Napoleon led a coup d’etat to install himself as First Consul. Under his rule, the French Empire had a series of conflicts with every major European government at the time. Napoleon appointed his friends and family to rule the other European countries under his rule as French client states. He successfully led France to defend the First and Second Coalitions against France. There was however a turn of events when the French, under the influence of Napoleon invaded Russia. His army was weakened and did not recover before the Sixth Coalition invaded France. Napoleon escaped and went into exile. In exile, he had no access to his allowances and his family. Hearing rumors about his banishment to a remote island, he escaped and landed on the French mainland. The Congress of Vienna declared Napoleon an outlaw and men were sent into the bush to end his rule.

Napoleon was believed to have suffered bipolar disorder, though there is not much evidence to support this belief. The bipolar was said to be the driving force behind his rule, as he was aggressive and bad tempered. His extreme intelligence was also attributed to bipolar disorder, as many believe there is a relation between bipolar and intelligence. He was also said to suffer depression when his Grand Armee was weakened during his invasion of Russia. He had so much confidence in his army that, when they did not deliver, he got depressed.


Napoleon was arrested and imprisoned in St. Helena. While there, he fell ill. Two British doctors attended to him, but his condition only got worse. Two days later, Napoleon died after confessing to Father Ange Vignalii.


Napoleon is remembered today for his influence over Europe. His military campaign strategies are studied at most military academies in the world. He is also remembered for the Napoleonic code, which founded the judicial and administrative foundations for many countries in Western Europe. One writer wrote that Napoleon’s stubbornness was a result of his inferiority complex, due to his lack of height. Alfred Adler described this condition as a type of complex in which short people take to intense aggressiveness to compensate for their lack of height and called it Napoleon complex.