Realism. Anyone who has gagged at teambuilding events, or who rolls eyes while listening to motivational spiels will love reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s new book, Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. In her comprehensive account she describes how the purveyors of relentless positive thinking have led the ill to blame themselves for sickness, and have created the unrealistic mindset that any obstacle can be overcome through “right” thinking. Through multiple examples and historical context, Ehrenreich makes a compelling case that the emphasis on positive thinking has led to group and self delusion. She covers medicine, religion, politics and business with keen insight. Bright-sided is a call for a reality check, and a return to realism to make our individuals and our country healthier and stronger. Whether you’re a pessimist or an optimist, there’s much to learn and enjoy on the pages of Bright-sided.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)