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How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

"Positive thinking is not only a water carrier for the business world, excusing its excesses and masking its follies," Barbara Ehrenreich writes.

"The promotion of positive thinking has become a minor industry in its own right, producing an endless flow of books, DVDs, and other products; providing employment for tens of thousands of "life coaches," "executive coaches," and motivational speakers, as well as for the growing cadre of professional psychologists who seek to train them.

America has historically offered space for all sorts of sects, cults, faith healers, and purveyors of snake oil, and those that are profitable, like positive thinking, tend to flourish."

Read the introduction to Barbara Ehrenreich's new book: Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America.