Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America
A sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism
Americans are a "positive" people--cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity.
With the mythbusting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the downside of America's penchant for positive thinking: On a personal level, it leads to self-blame and a morbid preoccupation with stamping out "negative" thoughts. On a national level, it's brought us an era of irrational optimism resulting in disaster. This is Ehrenreich at her provocative best--poking holes in conventional wisdom and faux science, and ending with a call for existential clarity and courage.
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“Keep Calm and Stay Positive.” “Everyday is a second chance.” “SMILE–See Miracles in Life Everyday.” “Positive Mind. Positive vibes. Positive life.” I ask myself, what do positive quotes teach us ... Read full review
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Every wonder how these positive-thinking gambits are supposed to work, the ones that are supposed to make you richer (Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich), more popular (Dale Carnegie's How to Win ... Read full review
The Bright Side of Cancer
two The Years of Magical Thinking
three The Dark Roots of American Optimism
four Motivating Business and the Business of Motivation
five God Wants You to Be Rich
The Science of Happiness
seven How Positive Thinking Destroyed the Economy
eight Postscript on Post Positive Thinking
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