The Positive Power of Negative Thinking
Using Defensive Pessimism to Harness Anxiety and Perform at Your Peak
By (author) Julie K. Norem
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Positive Power of Negative Thinking by Julie K. Norem
Book DescriptionHow 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465051397
(210mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 15-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Julie K. Norem
Julie K. Norem, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology at Wellesley College. Her work on defensive pessimism has been cited in the New York Times, SELF, the Washington Post, Men's Health, McCall's, and American Health. She lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
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