Go Advanced Search
 

  Get this audio book:

( Amazon.com )        # of Discs: 6




Learn More About
Find More Titles by
This Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
This Narrator: Kate Reading
This Publisher: Macmillan Audio

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

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

by Barbara Ehrenreich


Video About This Audio Book



Product Details

Narrator
Publisher
 
Unabridged Edition
Running Time
7 Hrs. 28 Min.
Share This

Description

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.

In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal 19th-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude. Evangelical mega-churches preach the good news that you only have to want something to get it, because God wants to "prosper" you. The medical profession prescribes positive thinking for its presumed health benefits. Academia has made room for new departments of "positive psychology" and the "science of happiness." Nowhere, though, has bright-siding taken firmer root than within the business community, where, as Ehrenreich shows, the refusal even to consider negative outcomes - like mortgage defaults - contributed directly to the current economic crisis.

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.


People Who Liked Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America Also Liked These Free Titles:
  Jared Diamond - Collapse
by Jared Diamond

Reviews & Ratings
User Reviews         Rate this title  

More Details

  • Published: October 2009
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: B034039
Available On
Volumes
ISBN-10
ISBN-13
Download
Audio CD
6 Discs
1427208360
9781427208361