Download Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive by Barbara Ehrenreich PDF

By Barbara Ehrenreich

A sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with confident considering and an pressing demand a brand new dedication to realism

Americans are a "positive" people—cheerful, positive, and upbeat: this is often our popularity in addition to our self-image. yet greater than a temperament, being optimistic, we're informed, is the main to luck and prosperity.

In this completely unique tackle the yank mind set, Barbara Ehrenreich strains the unusual profession of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century therapeutic strategy to its enshrinement as a dominant, nearly obligatory, cultural angle. Evangelical mega-churches pontificate the excellent news that you just in simple terms need to wish whatever to get it, simply because God desires to "prosper" you. The clinical career prescribes optimistic pondering for its presumed future health merits. Academia has made room for brand new departments of "positive psychology" and the "science of happiness." Nowhere, even though, has bright-siding taken more impregnable root than in the company group, the place, as Ehrenreich indicates, the refusal even to contemplate unfavorable outcomes—like loan defaults—contributed on to the present fiscal crisis.

With the mythbusting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the disadvantage of America's penchant for confident considering: On a private point, it results in self-blame and a morbid preoccupation with stamping out "negative" innovations. On a countrywide point, it's 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 braveness.

Show description

Read or Download Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America PDF

Similar sociology books

After Bourdieu: Influence, Critique, Elaboration

The main major French sociologist due to the fact that Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu's impression on highbrow existence exhibits no signal of abating. He used to be a prolific and consequential pupil whose impression might be measured via the Social technological know-how quotation Index and overseas surveys of teachers. Conceptualizations, similar to habitus and box, his heuristic remedy of cultural, monetary, political, social and symbolic capital to investigate the makes use of of energy, and his insistence upon melding the customarily separated micro and macro degrees of societal theorizing at the moment are embedded within the simple vocabulary of sociology and anthropology.

Del inconveniente de haber nacido

Un autor de culto
Taurus recupera uno de los textos clave de los angeles obra de E. M. Cioran. Estos aforismos, escritos en su etapa de madurez, condensan su pensamiento de manera tan lacónica como eficaz y coherente, y constituyen un hallazgo decisivo para cualquier amante de las paradojas y l. a. ironía.
Tallados con precisión, hablan del tiempo, de Dios, de los angeles religión, del silencio, de l. a. muerte y del nacimiento, «una casualidad, un accidente risible». En ellos conviven una devastadora lucidez junto a un humor sin límites, y l. a. lógica más aplastante junto al mayor contrasentido. Opuesto al optimismo y l. a. autocomplacencia de un modo radical, Cioran no desalienta, tiene el talento de fortalecer.
«Las contradicciones de Cioran, lejos de invalidar su obra, más bien revelan los angeles fuerza y l. a. belleza de esta. »
Éric Chevillard, Le Monde

The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It...Every Time (US Edition)

"It’s a startling and disconcerting learn that are supposed to make you're thinking that two times each time a pal of a chum provides you with the possibility of a life-time. ”
—Erik Larson, number one long island occasions bestselling writer of useless Wake and bestselling writer of satan within the White City
Think you can’t get conned? reassess. The [i]New York Times bestselling writer of Mastermind: tips to imagine Like Sherlock Holmes explains how one can spot the con earlier than they spot you.
A compelling research into the minds, explanations, and techniques of con artists—and the folk who fall for his or her cons again and again again.

whereas cheats and swindlers could be a dime a dozen, real conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are stylish, oversized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of belief. How do they do it? Why are they profitable? And what retains us falling for it, time and again? those are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her spell binding new book.
 
From multimillion-dollar Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds, Konnikova pulls jointly a range of attention-grabbing tales to illustrate what all cons percentage in universal, drawing on clinical, dramatic, and mental views. Insightful and gripping, the ebook brings readers into the area of the con, interpreting the connection among artist and sufferer.  [i]The self assurance Game asks not just why we think con artists, but additionally examines the very act of believing and the way our experience of fact may be manipulated through these round us.

From the Hardcover version.

Values and Social Change in Britain

Publication by means of Abrams, Mark, Gerard, David

Extra info for Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

Sample text

2001). Vor aHem die Tatsache, dass ein vergleichsweise hoher Anteil von Frauen aus den unteren Klassen und der Arbeiterklasse wiihrend der Schwangerschaft raucht, wird deutliche Effekte auf die klassenspezifische Unterschiede in der Morbiditiit auch fur die Zukunft erwarten lassen (Graham 1994). Freizeitverhalten: Eine besonders instruktive Studie zu diesem Themenfeld wurde von Pavel Uttitz durchgeflihrt, der die Determinanten des Freizeitverhaltens auf der Basis von vier Umfragen aus den Jahren 1953,1963,1974 und 1980 miteinander verglichen hat.

1997). Dabei wird nicht nur deutlich, dass Deutschland im intemationalen Vergleich eine relativ niedrige Rate der beruflichen Mobilitat aufweist, sondem dass die strukturellen Entwicklungen auf dem Arbeitsmarkt durch die jeweiIigen Institutionen in hohem MaJSe gebrochen werden. s Dieses Beispiel der beruflichen Mobilitat zeigt sehr deutlich die Vorztige der Lebensverlaufforschung: Erstens wird im Gegensatz zur Zeitdiagnose der Verzeitlichung der sozialen Ungleichheit in diesen Forschungen sehr prazise herausgearbeitet, durch welche Strukturen Berufsverlaufe gepragt werden; dabei finden neben den individuellen Determinanten auch die strukturellen Rahmenbedingungen von Klassenlage, sektoralen und betrieblichen Arbeitsmarkten sowie nationalen Arbeitsmarktinstitutionen und Wohlfahrtsregimen Beriicksichtigung.

1994: 11; Konietzka 1995: 21; Muller 1992: 21-22; Spellerberg 1996: 55; Zerger 2000: 25; Wahl 2003: 22-26). 6 Die Entkopplungsthese aUf dem Priifstand Die These von der Entkopplung von Klassenzugehorigkeit und subjektiven Merkmalen solI an dieser Stelle einer umfassenden kritischen Uberpriifung unterzogen werden, da sie in besonderer Radikalitat die These vom Ende der Relevanz des Klassen- und Schichtenkonzepts fur die gegenwartige Soziologie behauptet. 1m ersten Schritt solI fur verschiedene Verhaltensbereiche (Konsum, Freizeit, Wahlverhalten) auf der Basis einer Literaturzusammenschau untersucht werden, ob und in welchem AusmaB im Zeitverlauf iiberhaupt eine Entkopplung von KlassenzugehOrigkeit und Handeln stattgefunden hat.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.53 of 5 – based on 6 votes