Friday, October 16, 2009
Book Review: Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Book: Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich
About: Ehrenreich takes on the seemingly ubiquitous positive psychology, "always be happy and optimistic" mindset that has taken off in recent years. Covering religion, politics, business, health and The Secret, she presents a nicely rounded counterpoint to all smiles all the time, advocating not a negative viewpoint but a realistic "see things as they are" outlook..
Pros: She makes some great points and asks interesting questions, such as why does the U.S. call its nationalism patriotism? In-text cites. Well written
Cons: Lots of names and authors mentioned, I had to flip back in the book a few times to remind myself who was who.