Through individual case studies, Norem (psychology, Wellesley Coll.) here demonstrates her case for "defensive pessimism" as an effective tool for managing one's anxiety. For example, by imagining all of the worst-case scenarios, a speaker prepares better for a speech. Norem has developed a questionnaire to help readers determine whether they use defensive pessimism or strategic optimism (believing things will work out for the best) in daily life. She goes further to explain that much of the positive self-concept information preached since the 1980s is unrealistic and illusory. While admitting that defensive pessimism annoys other people, Norem argues that the strategy helps those who are anxious to curb their emotions and get moving toward their goals. Norem has published in Self, Men's Health, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, but her style here more resembles that of an academic journal article. Further, her arguments are not convincing. Of marginal value for academic libraries. Lisa Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton, NY
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What would Norman Vincent Peale say? If Wellesley psychologist and professor Norem had her druthers, Mr. Positive Thinking, after reading her arguments and 18-year research results, would probably agree that negativism has its place. As a method to cope with anxiety, the construct of negative pessimism--setting low expectations, then reviewing and planning for all possible outcomes--certainly wins out over drugs and alcohol, as it does over two less visible anxiety-handling strategies: avoidance and selfhandicapping (unconsciously providing oneself with performance excuses, such as disorganization and procrastination, that will be less incriminating if situations go awry). In the author's helpful guide, disguised case histories help readers see the very real possibilities inherent in strategic optimism and its opposite--and ways to avoid clashes between these two personalities. Enlightening, if not energizing, to those anxiety-prone among us. Barbara Jacobs
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Amazing book. The only reason I read this book was the fact that Michael Masterson mentioned it in one of his books. I will definitely read this few more times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by wencelw
it's informative, I enjoyed it and gave me a different perspective.Published 6 months ago by Peter A. Bruenen
I cannot begin to tell you how much this exciting new book has change my life. Before I read it, I thought my negative thoughts were thought to be negative, but now I think... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kelvin Lynch
I had to read the book for school. I did not enjoy it! The author keeps on saying the same stuff over and over again.Published 16 months ago by Rocio P.
Julie Norem gives a name to how I have long gone about dealing with the what-ifs in my life and in my line of work. Read morePublished 16 months ago by The Angry Charlottean
I love this book !! It proved things to me that I have thought were true my entire life. Finally, someone put it on paper. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by A. Phillips
As a pesimists, I really enjoy this book. Julie Norem's description about defensive pessimism really fits my experience in dealing in various issues. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Landau
I purchased this for my daughter who is anxious about everything. I have read some and found it useful for me when talking to her. Read morePublished on June 14, 2011 by lindah
In contrast to the positive thinkers, this book argues that negative thinkers are more intelligent and more effective at work contrary to what many managers think.Published on September 16, 2009 by W. Johnson