FROM Robert Biswas-Diener
The Negative Impact of Positive Thinking Since the 19th Century, it's been an article of American faith that positive thinking leads to health and prosperity. In recent years, positive thinking's become a "minor industry," promising favorable outcomes in the real world. But has it made American business blind to reality? Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, Dancing in the Streets, and Bright-Sided : How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, calls it a "mass delusion" that helped cause September 11, the war in Iraq and the current financial disaster. What about the Science of Happiness and research on the brain waves of successful people? In this conversation, first broadcast in October of this year, we speak with Ehrenreich and others.
The Negative Impact of Positive Thinking Since the 19th Century, it's been an article of American faith that positive thinking can lead to better health, prosperity and success. In recent years, that idea has been turned into a "minor industry." But has too much positive thinking made us blind to the realities of disease, economic insecurity and the prospect of failure? "The official belief that things are good and going to get better" helped cause September 11, miscalculations about Iraq and the current financial disaster. That's according to a new book that calls positive thinking a form of "mass delusion." We talk with author Barbara Ehrenreich and others.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.