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Barbara Held's Counterpoint to 'Happiology' in Philadelphia Inquirer

Story posted June 01, 2010

Barry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies Barbara Held is quoted in "The Power of a Positive Thinker," a lengthy feature profile of Martin Seligman, said to have fathered positive psychology.

An excerpt from the article:

Barbara Held
"We didn't get into 9/11 because of too much pessimism," said Barbara Held, a Bowdoin psychology professor, who wrote Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching: A 5-Step Guide to Creative Complaining.
"We didn't have the Great Recession because of too much pessimism. These catastrophes didn't happen because too many people were thinking about what could go wrong."

Read the article.

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