Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

Barbara Ehrenreich


A sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with optimistic considering and an pressing demand a brand new dedication to realism

Americans are a "positive" people―cheerful, confident, and upbeat: this can be our popularity in addition to our self-image. yet greater than a temperament, being optimistic, we're instructed, is the most important to good fortune and prosperity.
In this totally unique tackle the yank state of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich strains the unusual occupation of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century therapeutic strategy to its enshrinement as a dominant, virtually vital, cultural perspective. Evangelical mega-churches pontificate the excellent news that you simply purely need to wish anything to get it, simply because God desires to "prosper" you. The scientific career prescribes confident pondering for its presumed healthiness merits. Academia has made room for brand new departments of "positive psychology" and the "science of happiness." Nowhere, notwithstanding, has bright-siding taken less attackable root than in the enterprise group, the place, as Ehrenreich indicates, the refusal even to think about adverse outcomes―like loan defaults―contributed on to the present fiscal obstacle.

With the mythbusting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the drawback of America's penchant for optimistic pondering: On a private point, it ends up in self-blame and a morbid preoccupation with stamping out "negative" innovations. On a countrywide point, it really is introduced us an period of irrational optimism leading to catastrophe. this can be Ehrenreich at her provocative best―poking holes in traditional knowledge and fake technology, and finishing with a choice for existential readability and courage.

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