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The Positive Power Of Negative Thinking - Julie Norem

The Positive Power Of Negative Thinking

Paperback Published: 5th September 2002
ISBN: 9780465051397
Number Of Pages: 248

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How often are we urged to "look on the bright side"? From Norman Vincent Peale to the ubiquitous smiley face, optimism has become an essential part of American society. In this long-overdue book, psychologist Julie Norem offers convincing evidence that, for many people, positive thinking is an ineffective strategy--and often an obstacle--for successfully coping with the anxieties and pressures of modern life. Drawing on her own research and many vivid case histories, Norem provides evidence of the powerful benefits of "defensive pessimism," which has helped millions to manage anxiety and perform their best work.

Preamble to a Contrarian Viewp. 1
Accentuating the Negative: A Strategy, Not a Symptomp. 15
What It's All About: The Problem of Anxietyp. 35
Why Can't a Pessimist Be More Like an Optimist?p. 49
Taking Cover: The Avoider and the Self-Handicapperp. 69
Negative Thinking Versus Positive Illusionsp. 95
No Size Fits All: Different Folks, Different Strategiesp. 133
When Strategies Clash: Same Boat Different Strokesp. 159
Dark Side, Bright Side, My Side: Prospects for Changep. 189
Referencesp. 217
Acknowledgmentsp. 233
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780465051397
ISBN-10: 0465051391
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 5th September 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 13.9 x 21.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1