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Prof. Barbara Held on CBC Radio

Story posted March 19, 2008

Barbara Held

Barbara Held, Barry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies, was interviewed by CBC Radio for a special program, "Proof Positive," to be broadcast March 21, 2008.

CBC Radio host Jason Proctor interviewed Held about what she has called "the tyranny of the positive attitude."

CBC Radio is part of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the country's national public broadcaster.

Held's comments on the issue were also included in the article, "The Way to Happiness," that appeared in the February 2008 issue of Reader's Digest. Read the article.

Finding a Happy Media

Held has been quoted in newspapers and magazines across the country, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Smithsonian magazine.

In October 2007, Held was invited to compose and deliver an essay for the "This I Believe" segment on National Public Radio's program All Things Considered. Listen to the essay and view the text.


Held has also discussed the topic on NBC's Today show. Click here for a link to the story and to view portions of the interview.

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.

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