Why Negative Thinking Has Cognitive and Emotional Benefits

BIG THINK | on Wed, Jan 3, 4:13 PM

Positive thinking has long been championed in American culture. While optimism is part of our biological inheritance-when we're not hopeful about the future, anxiety and depression can easily transform into suicidal tendencies-positive thinking and positive psychology grew into billion-dollar industries, beginning with Norman Vincent Peale's 1952 book, The Power of Positive Thinking.  Whereas the first self-help book, Self-Help, an 1855 volume by Scottish political reformer Samuel Smiles, was...

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