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BBC Radio Features Prof. Barbara Held

Story posted May 29, 2007

Barbara Held, Barry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies, appeared in a BBC Radio segment about the so-called "Complaint-Free Church" in Kansas City, Mo., and its pastor, the Reverend Will Bowen, who has challenged his congregation to refrain from complaining, criticizing and gossiping for three weeks.

Prof. Barbara Held

Professor Held has become the go-to person for counterpoint on this issue and has been quoted in newspapers across the country, including The Los Angeles Times. She has also discussed the topic on NBC's Today Show. Click here for a link to the story and to see portions of the interview with Prof. Held.

In offering an opposing view to Rev. Bowen's power-of-postive-thinking message, Held speaks of what she describes as "the tyranny of the positive," saying "People deal with life in different ways." Held's book, Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching: A 5-Step Guide to Creative Complaining (St. Martin's Griffin, 2001), in which she urges people to stop pretending that everything is fine, has been referenced widely in conjunction with Held's viewpoints. The book was the subject of another appearance on Today, in 2001.

Prof. Held's BBC interview aired Wednesday, May 30, 2007. The segment will be available online on the BBC World Service Web site until June 6, 2007.

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