The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self--Not Just Your "Good" Self--Drives Success and Fulfillment [NOOK Book]

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In The Upside of Your Dark Side, two pioneering researchers in the field of psychology show that while mindfulness, kindness, and positivity can take us far, they cannot take us all the way. Sometimes, they can even hold us back. Emotions such as anger, anxiety, guilt, and sadness might feel uncomfortable, ...
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Overview

In The Upside of Your Dark Side, two pioneering researchers in the field of psychology show that while mindfulness, kindness, and positivity can take us far, they cannot take us all the way. Sometimes, they can even hold us back. Emotions such as anger, anxiety, guilt, and sadness might feel uncomfortable, but it turns out that they are also incredibly useful. For instance:

• Anger fuels creativity
• Guilt sparks improvement
• Self-doubt enhances performance

In the same vein, we can become wiser and more effective when we harness the darker parts of our personality in certain situations. For instance:

• Selfishness increases courage
• Mindlessness leads to better decisions

The key lies in what the authors call “emotional, social, and mental agility,” the ability to access our full range of emotions and behavior—not just the “good” ones—in order to respond most effectively to whatever situation we might encounter.

Drawing on years of scientific research and a wide array of real-life examples including sports, the military, parenting, education, romance, business, and more, The Upside of Your Dark Side is a refreshing reality check that shows us how we can truly maximize our potential. With an appreciation of our entire psychological toolkit, we become whole—which allows us to climb the highest peaks and handle the deepest valleys.



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Library Journal
09/15/2014
Kashdan (psychology, George Mason Univ.; Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life) and Biswas-Diener (The Courage Quotient: How Science Can Make You Braver) argue that negative emotions such as anger and anxiety are necessary and useful to live a complete life. Citing studies from their own research as well as that by others, the authors include everyday examples in education, romance, and sports to show that "bad" emotions are good for people. They insist that positive feelings can lead to setbacks and that mindlessness may be better than mindfulness. The authors make a compelling and thought-provoking argument. VERDICT Recommended for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, scholars studying psychology, and anyone interested in learning about human behavior.—Tina Chan, SUNY Oswego
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698161313
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/25/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 89,890
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Dr. Todd B. Kashdan is a recognized authority on personality, well-being and social relationships. He has published more than 150 scholarly articles and trains professionals to become emotionally and socially agile. He has been honored with the Faculty Member of the Year at George Mason University and the 2013 Distinguished Scientific Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association. His work has been featured in several media outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. He says the things other people want to but are afraid to.

 

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener has published more than 40 scholarly articles and has trained thousands of professionals on six continents. He is known as the “Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology” because he has conducted research with groups typically overlooked by psychologists, including Amish farmers, sex workers in Kolkata, Maasai tribes people and seal hunters in a remote corner of Greenland. 
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