• October 9, 2021

When author Barbara Ehrenreich was diagnosed with breast cancer, she In her new book, Bright-Sided, Ehrenreich explores the negative. Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) delivers a trenchant look into the burgeoning business of positive Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. Barbara Ehrenreich, Author. Barbara Ehrenreich’s examination of the history of positive thinking is a tour de force of well-tempered snark,culminating in a persuasive.

Author: Nikokora Nashura
Country: Ethiopia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: History
Published (Last): 21 April 2013
Pages: 326
PDF File Size: 18.90 Mb
ePub File Size: 2.89 Mb
ISBN: 531-6-21115-755-3
Downloads: 51013
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kigam

On Not Getting By in Americaprovides the same service for the multi-billion-dollar positive-thinking industry. Ehrenreich starts out on a high note, with one of the strongest chapters in this book: Ehrenreich wonders if men are given the same tools of self-expression.

View all 12 comments. This is the attitude not just of patients but of nurses and doctors too. Where in particular is the Jesus who said, “If a man sue you at law and take your coat, let him have your cloak also”?

Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

Business has changed in the last 20 years. We did things like take pictures of each other with Polaroids and then make collages, lots of cutting and pasting, kindergarten stuff. Read the reviews by Trevor http: The best bits of this book are when she talks about the Evangelical Churches in the US and how they have moved away from negative images like Jesus on the cross towards Jesus in sidex three-piece business suit with a eyrenreich to let you know just how much he wants you to be rich.

Here, I was engaged again.

Positive thinking ehrenfeich a great way to control the populace, Ehrenreich says. The whole discussion is particularly timely for me, since our church is currently going through a prayer and evangelism program which is clearly a relatively benign subset of all this.

Reading this wonderful book reminded me — Bbright met a man some years ago, a plumber and victim of ehrenreixh economic catastrophe, whose house was in foreclosure. This is the scariest part of the mammogram Monday. Ehrenreich also covers the origins of this malign mania, and quite plausibly and with plenty of evidence, roots it in the Calvinist beliefs that would have been pervasive in Americans original northern European colonisers and migrants.


She hears, over and over again: It’ll hide your feelings of being dead inside. Barbara Ehrenreich had breast cancer and was accosted repeatedly by other cancer patients for being so glum about it.

Equally, each person thrown into the cold trauma of joblessness in the US, is expected to be positively grateful for the blessing thrown barbarz way. This is Ehrenreich at her provocative best—poking holes in conventional wisdom and faux science, and ending with a call for existential clarity zided courage.

In a chapter titled “Motivating Business and The Business of Motivation,” Ehrenreich details how corporations turned to motivational speakers to pump up workforces demoralized by layoffs and convince hright those let go and those remaining that their attitude, and not the relentless pursuit of corporate profit, was responsible for their plight.

At the turn of briggt twenty-first century, American optimism seemed to reach a manic crescendo. However, I do think she has got a point and if you are interested in ‘happiness’ as the key to life, perhaps you should read Aristotle’s Ethics rather than any of the self-help books she refers to that contain ‘you’ or ‘your’ in their title.

Barbara Ehrenreich is an American journalist and the bestselling author of sixteen previous books, including the bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. And by the way, she’s done with both the chemo and the radiation now, and her hair is finally starting to grow back.

‘Bright-Sided’: When Happiness Doesn’t Help : NPR

The people I have met who have been wealthy have also tended to be rather sad, self-satisfied and obsessed with money to the point of fetishism. Bright-Sided is an academic text, though the content affects the average American—especially the blue- and white-collar workers.

Then the patient can only blame herself: Ehrenreich’s willingness to question received wisdom and dig deeper for answers, her characteristically clear thinking, expressed in clear and forceful prose.

Some of these claims are exaggerated, as we shall see, though positive feelings hardly need to be justified, like exercise or vitamin supplements, as part of a healthy lifestyle. God, I got so sick of it at the Health NonProfit Call Center I worked at–all the smileys and balloons and cheery emails with little animated cartoons “Join me on the coverage train!


There is little point writing a review of a book once Lena has written one – http: And I would criticize her for apparently accepting the motivational industry’s definition of happiness, her only objection being that their scheme doesn’t really produce it. Ehrenreich furthers her argument that positive thinking is undermining American by pointing out that news allows its consumers to make change, petition, or even maintain awareness.

What was the point in agonizing over balance sheets and tedious analyses of risks — and why bother worrying about dizzying levels of debt and exposure to potential defaults — when all good things come to those who are optimistic enough to expect them? I agree with this author, Barbara Ehrenreich. God to make that plane ticket ready when she got to the airport or else.

I have already heard in Australia that there actually was no financial crisis. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. The problem is that this lie is even less true in America than it is in many other first world countries, countries where there is at least some hope of social mobility.

In addition to the problems of measurement, there are cultural differences in how happiness is regarded and whether it is even seen as a virtue. Joel Osteen isn’t the only one she takes down, she also talks about Edwene Gaines.

Barbara Ehrenreich, a highly credible journalist with 16 books under her belt and whose work appears in college textbooks, must have asked a similar question before she started writing Bright-Sided: