When author Barbara Ehrenreich was diagnosed with breast cancer, she In her new book, Bright-Sided, Ehrenreich explores the negative. Barbara Ehrenreich thinks the prevalence of bogus optimism has weakened America, and she is willing to shoot fish in barrels to make that. Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America,” the new book by Barbara Ehrenreich, is based on.

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I enjoyed this book. But where is Christianity in all this? So things continued happily as before until many of the problems were solved demographically, i. Have you bought into: In her new book, Bright-SidedEhrenreich explores the negative effects of positive thinking. There is a complete and almost institutionalized American avoidance of pain and sorrow and suffering.

Such reality might just help you get out of town before ehrenrejch pitchfork-waving mob arrives and get into the cellar before the tornado blows your roof off.

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In my own vision of utopia, there is not only more brigbt, and security for everyone — better jobs, health care, and so forth — there are also more parties, festivities, and opportunities for dancing in the streets. I agree with this author, Barbara Ehrenreich. And I hadn’t cottoned onto the point that it is a manipulative tool to ehernreich people down in the US, in exac I dare say I’m too late to the party on this one to say anything that hasn’t already been said.

No doubt the growing financial insecurity of the middle class contributes to the demand for these products and services, but I hesitate to attribute the commercial success of positive thinking to any particular economic trend or twist of the business cycle. But it changes the way you feel about what you want, which is sometimes all you have control over.

No one will accept her “negative talk” that will “probably make her sicker and end up killing her. It reads like some bizarre heretical cult.

It confirmed for me many things I already knew i. If you want it hard enough, if you think about it excessively, the thing you want money, job, love, etc. The author also investigates breast cancer charities and how they possibly unintentionally infantilize women. The prevalent faith in positive thinking not only exaggerates its potential benefits, its effects can be actively detrimental. Chapter One on breast cancer, and Chapter Five on “positive theology.


You are not a victim, something else deserves the blame. She uses the mortgage crisis as an example of a system in which people who tried barbraa warn the higher-ups about what was going to happen got fired. The first part of this book looks at how positive thinking has a dark side that gets us to look on barara who are dying and accuse ehrenreifh of having contributed to their illness by a kind of negative attraction.

Ehrenreich’s extreme focus on The Secret in this book is really a strawman argument. Your purchase helps support NPR programming.

Most people, including most positive thinkers, don’t believe in it. View all 10 comments. While few would argue that being positive can feel good and many of us would prefer to be around “positive” people, how much we are actually able to control our reaction to circumstances and what effect that ultimately has in our lives is still significantly up for debate.

A relaxation technique called “going to level,” which is a fancy phrase for closing your eyes and timing your breathing to coincide with counting backwards from three.

You’re not supposed to feel sorry for yourself over some terminal illness. Of course he lost his house and, I’m sad to say, disappeared on down the road where he was sure he would find his pot of gold waiting.

‘Bright-Sided’: When Happiness Doesn’t Help : NPR

Without our heavy use of antidepressants, Americans would likely rank far lower in the happiness rankings than we currently do. The diction is complicated at times, and I see the moves Ehrenreich makes to integrate and effectively use sources. I don’t want to see any goddamn pink for the rest of my life. Now, in addition to feeling angry and scared, she had to feel guilty about not looking on “the bright side.

All this to make you a better worker. At the end of this page piece, Ehrenreich really hits her point home by harbara at contemporary America, including how businesses bring in positive-thinking coaches and buy positive-thinking books for each of their employees, amounting to hundreds of books for some companies, causing works like Who Moved My Cheese? Even in these minor tasks, the invocation of God seems more of a courtesy than a barbxra.

How to visualize stuff you want and thus take all the credit when your parents give you that trampoline you’ve been begging for.


‘Bright-Sided’: When Happiness Doesn’t Help

Buried under an avalanche of pink ribbons, teddy bears, and bogus claims for the value of positive thinking in beating cancer hence the title Smile or Die!

Ehrenreich starts out with her experience with breast cancer.

Allow me to wax bitter for a moment. One guy I knew got in trouble for telling a caller, someone terminal, that “Cancer sucks.

Pain and suffering has changed in the last 20 years. But I have never really made quite the connections that zided made in this book between the two.

And where did it come from? Furthermore, psychologists today agree that positive feelings like gratitude, contentment, and self-confidence can actually lengthen our lives and improve our health.

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

The point that Ehrenreich wishes to make is not particularly difficult, nor is it sufficiently important to warrant pages of exposition. The book also barbqra at how we have created a culture where mentioning the train is about to crash, even if we offer the helpful suggestion that we might consider applying the brakes, is seen by many as being far too negative. Ehrenreich tells us it comes from “New Thought”, the 19th c.

Question nothing except your own thoughts. Hardcoverpages. There is, we are told, a practical reason for undertaking this effort: Reading this wonderful book reminded me — I met a man some years brught, a plumber and victim of the economic catastrophe, whose house was in foreclosure. At much the same time Ehrenreich points out popular business writers stressed the value of overwhelming positivity in helping to sell coals to Newcastle, sand to the Saudis and so on.

The Fed believed in a permanently healthy market; the market believed in permanently high housing prices; the way to get out of the mess is for everybody to keep buying on credit. When you feel like you are not in control of some aspect of your life your health, your job, your financesthinking positively gives you that control. Worse, some of the measures by which we do lead the bfight should inspire embarrassment rather than pride: