Archive for the ‘Positive Psychology’ Category

More Reasons Barbara Ehrenreich Is Wrong About The Benefits of Optimism

In my last post, I noted that Barbara Ehrenreich’s recent book, Bright-Sided, argues the “costs” of America’s “ideology” of positive thinking.  I believe her case on the cost side is unproven, but more importantly, she downplays other important aspects of the overall ledger.

Barbara Ehrenreich’s Rant About Positive Thinking Is (Mostly) Wrong

Don’t go looking to Barbara Ehrenreich’s recent book, Bright-Sided, to make a compelling case about “how the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America.” The book is an entertaining read, but it does not make that case. A friend advised me to read Ms. Ehrenreich’s book in a comment to an earlier post about […]

The Practical, Creative Optimism of “ChangeThis!” (1)

One of my favorite websites is ChangeThis, which serves as a forum for collecting and disseminating powerful PowerPoint presentations that seek to persuade and inform.  These manifestos address a vast array of issues, and many are written by some of today’s leading authors and opinion-makers. ChangeThis professes to be staffed with optimists – those who […]

“Be Sad and Succeed”? Not Really

I like Scientific American.  It is an educational read.  But I take issue with one of its recent headlines:  Be Sad and Succeed!  I’m interested in the studies mentioned, but this title cannot state a medically defensible conclusion.

The “Positive Psychology” Revolution

Martin Seligman deserves to be better known.  This is saying something, because within his field, he is a major influence.  He’s written numerous best-selling books, and he’s reached the top of his profession. So why does he deserve even greater accolades?  Because the more other people learn about him, the better off we all will […]

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