The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

Using Defensive Pessimism to Manage Anxiety and Perform at your Peak

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Explains how preparing for the worst can help people perform at their best, why optimism is not always the best strategy, and how pessimists and optimists can work and live together.

Perseus Publishing
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. "Defensive pessimism," which involves imagining the worst possible outcomes to any action and everything that could go wrong in a given situation, actually helps millions of people manage their anxiety and perform their best work, all the while refusing to succumb to "oblivious optimism."Drawing on her own research and many vivid case histories, Norem shows how to use defensive pessimism and provides evidence and fascinating explanations of its powerful benefits. While there is no "one size fits all" prescription for confronting psychological roadblocks, Defensive Pessimism will help people identify the method that works best for them, and provide practical, proven advice on changing strategies.

& Taylor

A leading psychologist confronts the myths surrounding optimism, arguing that negative thinking is often a more useful weapon against anxiety than positive thinking. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2001
Description: vii, 239 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780465051380
Branch Call Number: 158.1 Nor


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