Jun 10, 13
Read in January, 2010
In "Bright-Sided", Barbara Ehrenreich provides a timely and provocative discussion of positive thinking. For me, this book was reminiscent of reading "The Culture of Fear" (Glassner) shortly after 9/11. According to Ehrenreich, "There seems to be an evolutionary paradox at work here: human survival in the face of multiple threats depended on our ability to live in groups, but the imperative of maintaining group cohesion can sometimes override realism and common sense, making us hesitate to challenge the consensus or be the bearer of bad news" (p. 196-197).