Monday, February 1, 2010

Debunking the Positive Thinking Terrorists

Just a quick note: Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich is fabulous, even better than I expected. I'm tempted to quote the whole book, or at least the chapters on cancer, which are brilliant, insightful, and tremendously comforting, but I'll just share some blurbs from the jacket:

...The people who are sick or jobless – why, they just aren't thinking positively. They have no one to blame but themselves. Barbara Ehrenreich has put the menace of positive thinking under the microscope. Anyone who's ever been told to brighten up needs to read this book.
– Thomas Frank, author of The Wrecking Crew and What's the Matter with Kansas

Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil: please read this relentlessly sensible book. It's never too late to begin thinking clearly. 
–  Frederick Crews, author of Follies of the Wise

...America's cultural skeptic Barbara Ehrenreich turns her focus on the muddled American phenomenon of positive thinking. She exposes the pseudoscience and pseudointellectual foundation of the positive thinking movement for what it is: a house of cards. This is a mind-opening read.
– Michael Shermer, author of Why People Believe Weird Things

Get it, read it, love it. Better yet - buy it for a cancer patient.


Sandy said...

At the very least, Miss Coot, I will buy it for my library so it's available to be read by those who might not otherwise find it!!!
I'm positive about one thing, the reason that batteries have a positive AND a negative side is because you need both to charge or discharge - balance! Great post!

Susie Hemingway said...

A must read I think - all best wishes to you cootina