Wednesday, January 13, 2010
When optimism overwhelms intelligence
A critical review of the book - "Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America" by journalist Barbara Ehrenreich. "Itâ€™s in the spirit of optimism that a person blithely builds up credit card debt on optional expenditures, takes out a second mortgage, or agrees to a mortgage with an interest rate that will escalate over time. And the ideology of positive thinking eagerly fanned this optimism and the sense of entitlement that went with it."