The Positive Power of Negative Thinking: Using Defensive Pessimism to Harness Anxiety and Perform at Your Peak

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking: Using Defensive Pessimism to Harness Anxiety and Perform at Your Peak

by Julie Norem
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465051391

ISBN-13: 9780465051397

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Basic Books

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465051397
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
312,863
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.61(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Preamble to a Contrarian View
2. Accentuating the Negative: A Strategy, Not a Symptom
3. What It's All About: The Problem of Anxiety
4. Why Can't a Pessimist Be More Like an Optimist?
5. Taking Cover: The Avoider and the Self-Handicapper
6. Negative Thinking Versus Positive Illusions
7. No Size Fits All: Different Folks, Different Strategies
8. When Strategies Clash: Same Boat, Different Strokes
9. Dark Side, Bright Side, My Side: Prospects for Change
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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