The seduction of positive thinking

July 7, 2013 | By | Reply More

Barbara Ehrenreich explains that positive thinking is often a bad (and dangerous) approach to facing adversity. She argues that:

1. Delusion is always a mistake; and
2. It is cruel to tell people struggling with adversity that it is all in their head (beware the central message of The Secret)

Ehrenreich is not advocating doom or depression either. We tend to slip into this because we are hard-wired to be vigilant. These can also be delusional. Instead of positive thinking or depression, Ehrenreich is advocating realism. She is advocating that we take the view that we can address many of our problems with hard work.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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