The Power of Negative Thinking


In an op-ed in The New York Times, investigative journalist and writer Barbara Ehrenreich says that while greed and speculation are the designated culprits for the financial crisis, another much admired habit of mind should get its share of the blame: the delusional optimism of mainstream, all-American, positive thinking.

“Positive thinking is endemic to American culture – from weight loss programs to cancer support groups – and in the last two decades it has put down deep roots in the corporate world as well. Everyone knows that you won’t get a job paying more than $15 an hour unless you’re a ‘positive person,’ and no one becomes a chief executive by issuing warnings of possible disaster.”

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