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Ehrenreich, Barbara
Bright-sided : how positive thinking is undermining America / Barbara Ehrenreich
Alternate Title Bright sided
1st Picador ed
New York : Picador, 2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  BF698.35.O57 E37 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Optimism -- United States
Happiness -- United States
Self-deception
Self-confidence
Success in business -- United States
Physical Description 235 p. ; 21 cm
Note First published in the United States by Henry Holt and Company, c2009--T.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p. [207]-223) and index
Contents Smile or die : the bright side of cancer -- The years of magical thinking -- The dark roots of American optimism -- Motivating business and the business of motivation -- God wants you to be rich -- Positive psychology : the science of happiness -- How positive thinking destroyed the economy -- Postscript on post-positive thinking
Credits Includes bibliographical references (p. [207]-223) and index
Summary A sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism, existential clarity and courage. "Confronts the false promises of positive thinking and shows its reach into every corner of American life, from Evangelical megachurches to the medical establishment, and, worse of all, to the business community, where the refusal to consider negative outcomes -- like mortgage defaults -- contributed directly to the current economic disaster." The author sees personal self-blame and national denial as the "downside of positive thinking."

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