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Description - The Positive Power Of Negative Thinking by Julie K. Norem

A psychologist challenges the tyranny of optimism by claiming that negative thinking is often a far better way to deal with anxiety than striving to stay positive . 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465051397
ISBN-10: 0465051391
Format: Paperback
(139mm x 215mm x 15mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
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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