14 Oct An alternative approach to happiness and positive psychology
I don’t agree with everything in this article, but for those interested in happiness and positive psychology it’s certainly worth reading and contemplating…
Barbara Ehrenreich has nothing against happy people; in her view, it’s self-serving pseudoscience that can harm us. In her newly released book, Bright-Sided, she pillories disinformation’s more insidious perpetrators. Now those few of us who have managed to avoid total bliss will have something to snarl at besides our mirrors.
Combining academic research and field work, (1) she traces the history of American mood swings from the dour Calvinism of the Puritans, through the “irrational exuberance” that preceded the sub-prime mortgage catastrophe. (2) From there, she skewers current attempts – whether in the Psych Departments of the Ivy League or the multimedia pulpits of megachurches — to market a culture of cheerful, and sometimes dangerous, self-delusion.
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