"Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America," by Barbara Ehrenreich

10/16/2009 | Bloomberg Businessweek

Keeping a positive attitude in a stressful situation isn't always helpful, Barbara Ehrenreich argues in her new book. From health troubles to financial difficulties, sometimes facing up to a grim reality is more productive than trying to stay upbeat, she claims. Ehrenreich argues that a predilection toward optimism in U.S. businesses is responsible for the irrational behaviors that created the financial crisis.

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