By Barbara Ehrenreich
A sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with optimistic pondering and an pressing demand a brand new dedication to realism
Americans are a "positive" people―cheerful, positive, and upbeat: this can be our attractiveness in addition to our self-image. yet greater than a temperament, being optimistic, we're advised, is the main to good fortune and prosperity.
In this totally unique tackle the yank state of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich lines the unusual occupation of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century therapeutic strategy to its enshrinement as a dominant, nearly crucial, cultural perspective. Evangelical mega-churches pontificate the excellent news that you simply basically need to wish whatever to get it, simply because God desires to "prosper" you. The scientific occupation prescribes optimistic considering for its presumed well-being merits. Academia has made room for brand new departments of "positive psychology" and the "science of happiness." Nowhere, although, has bright-siding taken less attackable root than in the enterprise group, the place, as Ehrenreich indicates, the refusal even to think about destructive outcomes―like personal loan defaults―contributed on to the present monetary problem.
With the mythbusting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the disadvantage of America's penchant for confident pondering: On a private point, it ends up in self-blame and a morbid preoccupation with stamping out "negative" techniques. On a countrywide point, it is introduced us an period of irrational optimism leading to catastrophe. this is often Ehrenreich at her provocative best―poking holes in traditional knowledge and pretend technological know-how, and finishing with a choice for existential readability and courage.