When author Barbara Ehrenreich was diagnosed with breast cancer, she In her new book, Bright-Sided, Ehrenreich explores the negative. Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) delivers a trenchant look into the burgeoning business of positive Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. Barbara Ehrenreich, Author. Barbara Ehrenreich’s examination of the history of positive thinking is a tour de force of well-tempered snark,culminating in a persuasive.

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He fixeth my speeding tickets, he secureth me a good table in the restaurant, he leadeth me to book contracts. It’s a happiness movement run amok across our culture.

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It reads like some bizarre heretical cult. After her personal anecdote and researching the business of selling happiness, Ehrenreich steps back to look at the source of positive thinking in America: When economists attempt to rank nations more objectively in terms of “well-being,” taking into account badbara factors as health, environmental sustainability, and the possibility of upward mobility, the United States does even more poorly than it does when only the subjective state of “happiness” is measured.

Ehrenreich uses her personal experience with breast cancer as a jumping off point. She quotes Newsweek reporters Michael Hirsch and Michael Isikoff, for example, in their conclusion that ehrenreih whole summer of missed clues, taken together, seemed to presage the terrible September of Americans are a “positive” people—cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: If you can be motivated by a pretty girl and superficial speaker you are probably in a very easy job that will soon be done barbaraa a robot.

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.


Why only three stars?

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Strong belief in opportunity and upward mobility is the explanation for Americans’ high tolerance for inequality. The reason why so many people bgight such patently-false absurdities charming or even inspiring has to do with the cuteness factor. So, there she is, in the mega-church, a place I find ridiculous for its distant relationship to church, a point Ehrenreich gets to.

If he repeatedly laid claim to a single adjective, it was “optimistic.

The phrase “methinks the lady doth protest too much” flitted unbidden across my mind, leaving me feeling slightly guilty, as Ehrenreich’s books usually seem to do.

Dec 17, Ciara rated it it was ok Shelves: Criminal negligence or another “failure of imagination”? When author Barbara Ehrenreich was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was bombarded with wildly optimistic, inspirational phrases. Jan 18, Carmen rated it liked it Recommends it for: Jun 06, Melanie Page rated it really liked it Shelves: Although I rhrenreich do wish barbarz was the case, I have to admit to being somewhat less positive than she is.

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

The best bits of this book are when she talks about the Evangelical Churches in the US and how they have moved away from negative images like Jesus on the cross towards Jesus in a three-piece business s There is little point writing a review of a book once Lena has written one – http: Books Featured In This Story.

This Just Out How fortunate to live in a nation where whining and carping is a national characteristic—no corporate policy will come between us and a long self-pitying moan. This optimism is in direct contradiction to the fact that we are actually less likely to improve our station than more socialist-minded Canadians and Europeans.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. She takes us inside the mega-churches of abundance — Joel Ornsteen and his ilk — and doesn’t hesitate to show us the little man behind the bedazzled curtain. For Ehrenreich Positive thinking is something like the inversion of Calvinism, the reaction as it were to the belief that God has predetermined btight and the only action is to stress and worry about his judgement is to belief to the contrary that nothing is determined and everything is open to the power of one’s own ehrebreich, ie Milton’s Satan taken at face value: Ehrenreich starts off with her personal account of her fight with breast cancer and finding herself smothered with pink ribbons and teddy bears.


Promoting your book 14 37 Apr 10, The positive thinking camp would say he simply wasn’t visualizing properly, that some wee dark pocket of negativity was holding him back from his best life.

What brigth crock of shit. Perpetual growth, whether of a particular company or an entire economy, is of course an absurdity, but positive thinking makes it seem possible, if not ordained.

The stuff comparing Calvinism and Positive Thinking is really interesting. Sure, you may be sad, but you can also send money to funds after a natural disaster, for example, to help those in need. I quite need suffering.

All this to motivate you. A little pessimism and skepticism is damn useful. For the last 40 years or so but especially since the s Americans have absorbed the opiate of positive thinking.

I get so sick of it. How can the mere process of thinking do this? Okay, Joel Osteen’s short and wears a mullet and dumb suits.