Aug 28, 2013

First reaction to Isaacson's Steve Jobs

I'm only a few pages into Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, but the amateur psychoanalysis is getting on my nerves.

While surveying Jobs' childhood years, Isaacson posits every episode as a possible explanation for Jobs' Machiavellianism later in life.

"The key question about Steve is why he can't control himself at times from being so reflexively cruel and harmful to some people. That goes back to being abandoned at birth." --Andy Hertzfeld
I want facts, not speculation. Don't tell me why I should be interested in the episodes of Jobs' life. I picked up the book, didn't I?

For the record, Jobs thought the abandonment theory was "nonsense."
"Knowing I was adopted may have made me feel more independent, but I have never felt abandoned. I've always felt special. My parents made me feel special." 

-Paige