The Brian Lehrer Show

Optimism Can Make You Unhappy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Professor of psychology at New York University says her research shows that roadblocks can lead to success, while seeing the glass as half-full can be de-motivating.

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The Takeaway

The Science Behind Optimism in a Grim World

Friday, January 04, 2013

Optimism isn’t just a state of mind, it’s also a scientific phenomenon that ties into human evolution and survival. Professor Tali Sharot explains why humans have a tendency to look on the bright side, even when all evidence suggests we shouldn’t.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Oliver Burkeman discusses how our constant effort to eliminate the negative can cause us to feel anxious, insecure, and unhappy. In The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, Burkeman talks to life coaches, maverick security experts, and “backwards” business gurus, who suggest that happiness and success can come from embracing things we spend our lives trying to avoid.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The End of Anger?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Longtime Newsweek columnist and  The Rage of a Privileged Class author Ellis Cose talks about the optimism of young African Americans, which he discusses in his new book, The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take on Race and Rage.

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The Takeaway

'The End of Anger,' New Optimism in the Black Community

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Just before the 2010 Midterm Elections, a CBS News poll found that black Americans were more likely than whites to express optimism about the economy. And while nearly 50 percent of black Americans thought America’s next generation would be better off, only 16 percent of white Americans thought the same.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Going Negative

Friday, December 31, 2010

Barbara Ehrenreich, journalist, activist and author of Nickel and Dimed and Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America, discusses the current mood in the country and what she sees as an unwarranted obsession with optimism.

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