Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Positive Power Of Negative Thinking Paperback – September 3, 2002
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Library Journal
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I really liked the way the concluding chapter talks about prospects for change and growth, with a focus on tolerant understanding of self and others, and on optimal psychological health for different individuals. For people like me who value diversity and growth, The Positive Power of Negative Thinking is an impressively helpful contribution. I suppose this book is a bit controversial in the way it challenges the "everyone should be an optimist" chant of the American 'positive psychology movement' but that is what makes the book so creative and original. I find the author's realistic approach to recognizing and valuing individual differences to be insightful and even liberating.
The idea of 'defensive pessimism' according to the author, is that it is "a strategy that can help anxious people harness their anxiety so that it works for rather than against them." That seems like a good thing to me -- adaptive and constructive -- since research shows that positive thinking exercises don't help everyone, and sometimes make things worse. Some people need a different strategy to be at their best. Being a defensive pessimist seems a lot better than being a depressed, hopeless pessimist, and it may be more natural for some people than unsuccessfully trying to be a "Don't Worry, Be Happy" optimist.Read more ›
"The Positive Power of Negative Thinking" is not a 12-step program. Instead, it is a highly accessible discussion of personality types and strategies for dealing with the anxiety that modern society brings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 14 months ago by wencelw
it's informative, I enjoyed it and gave me a different perspective.Published 16 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 22 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 on April 17, 2014 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 on April 12, 2014 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