The Upside of Your Dark Side

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: September 2014

Duration: 8 hours 1 minutes

Summary:

In The Upside of Your Dark Side, pioneering researchers Todd Kashdan, Ph.D., and Robert Biswas-Diener, Dr. Philos., offer a bold stance on the modern quest for happiness through mindfulness, positivity, and optimism: it’s doomed. Positive emotions can indeed take us far, but it turns out that we need the emotions that make us uncomfortable. Anger makes us creative. Selfishness makes us brave. And guilt is a highly effective motivator. Does that mean we should live our lives as miserable jerks? Of course not. But neither can we spend our lives avoiding large parts of who we are. The key lies in emotional, social, and mental agility, the ability to access our full range of emotions and behavior—not just the “good” ones—in order to respond most effectively to whatever situation we might encounter. Drawing on years of scientific research and a wide array of real-life examples including business, romance, education, parenting, sports, the military, and more, The Upside of Your Dark Side is a refreshing reality check that shows us how we can truly maximize our potential. With an appreciation of our entire psychological tool kit, we become whole—which allows us to climb the highest peaks and handle the deepest valleys.

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