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Smile Or Die
Smile Or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World | Barbara Ehrenreich
A brilliant, savagely funny attack on the cult of positive thinking - Ehrenreich's most commercial book since Nickel and Dimed.
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arlenefinnigan
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Barbara Ehrenreich argues, rightly, that we could all do with being more of a #MardyBum #AyUpAugust @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen

squirrelbrain This sounds really interesting - stacked! 4mo
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arlenefinnigan
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vivastory I loved Nickel & Dimed, I need to read this one! 10mo
arlenefinnigan @vivastory it's brilliant! I instinctively hate the cult of positivia and she makes a great argument for 'positive thinking' often being unhelpful. 10mo
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keithmalek
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#7favesin7days 5/11

Post a book you love each day for 7 days, without review or comment, with the hashtag #7favesin7days in your post so we can keep it going!

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Decalino
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this contrarian book, an exploration of our national obsession with positive thinking. Diagnosed with breast cancer, Ehrenreich rejects the idea that staying positive affects the outcome of her illness; she is angry, and understandably so.With this book, she deconstructs the culture that believes in The Secret, requires laid-off workers to smile and embrace change (even for the worse), and fails to fully examine the roots of depression.

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rabbitprincess
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Although this was published nearly 10 years ago, some parts still seem relevant today, particularly those talking about the belief that individual success or failure is the sole reason for one's situation in life (no thought to societal or systemic issues). With inequality deepening, this is an even more important read than before.

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rabbitprincess
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RAAAAAAGE at lack of parallelism! Barbara Ehrenreich gets me 😄

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BookishShelly
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This is my current read and it‘s quite interesting. #giveawayrealtalk

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Sace
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Pickpick

A fast and fascinating read about positive thinking and the damage it can do. Perhaps dated as it was published after the 2008 collapse, but I think it's still pertinent information. I'm glad @arlenefinnigan posted about it and that my library had it!

arlenefinnigan I still prefer Smile Or Die as a title 😉 glad you enjoyed it! 2y
rabbitprincess Need to request that one from the library! 2y
Sace @rabbitprincess I recommend it! 2y
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Sace
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Crap day. What I thought would be an easy activity was like pulling teeth. Huge flop. I work in a magnet school and the kids have to maintain a certain grade in 5 of their 7 classes to stay. My class (Spanish) is not one of them, so if I dare to do anything they don't deem "fun" then they barely bother. I'm feeling like a failure tonight. No positive thinking in this house tonight.

Amie I'm sorry you had a bad day. Teaching is a tough job and we don't give teachers enough credit for what they do. Part of my day is spent working with kids and they sure can make a person feel like a failure, but then other times it's so rewarding. I hope tomorrow is better for you. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. I'm sorry for the frustration. I hope you find some solace in Bright Sided. I found it fascinating! 2y
Sace @amie I'm hoping tomorrow is better too. It should be. Mainly I feel like maybe I didn't teach the concept well enough. I always blame myself. 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks Was it a full moon? 🌑🤦🏻‍♀️Pretty crazy at my school today also. Hopefully, you can do something for yourself tonight- after I give so much of myself all day (especially when the students are acting crazy) I have to remember to take care of myself! #onedayatatime 2y
Sace @BarbaraTheBibliophage I am finding it fascinating as well. And it does not read like a dry non-fiction. Some of the stuff is just appalling to me. Especially the chapter about how churches have used positive thinking techniques. 2y
tpixie Hugs 🤗! Just remember if they want to grow up to be slugs, it‘s their decision, not yours. You provide them with what they need and it‘s their decision if they take it and their loss if they don‘t!! Hugs 🤗❤️🤗 2y
Sace @ElishaLovesBooks right? I came home and told my husband I needed at least 30 minutes of silence. The older I get, the more teaching takes a toll on me. My introversion is getting worse as I age. It's draining. And I was way crankier with them than I should have been. 😔 2y
Sace @tpixie thank you! I try so hard to remember that, but it's tough. Our district is un state take over and we are very micromanaged. It feels like there is very little responsibility put on students or parents. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @RestlessFickleBookSlut I hear you! I was cranky today too! I‘ve been told I have a lot of patience, but sometimes- the COMPLAINING! It‘s pretty infrequent when I do have to pull out my teacher voice, so it usually works🙄. But I have 5 kids at home so I don‘t usually get any silence. Unless I lock myself in my room with my books 😂😂. And I‘m totally introverted- and getting more so!☺️ 2y
Sace @ElishaLovesBooks I have such a hot temper. 😕 I warned my students from day one though. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @RestlessFickleBookSlut I‘m a special education middle school inclusion teacher. Need I say more?😉 Really though, tomorrow is a new day! New choices for you AND for them! 😊 (I‘m preaching to the choir here- both teachers I work with will be out of the building tomorrow 🙈) 2y
Wbabdullah @ElishaLovesBooks @RestlessFickleBookSlut introverted teachers unite!! I did the public school and private school gig for a while as an art teacher and am now doing the homeschool gig. I‘m convinced it was just a crappy Monday for teachers all around. Just put the kiddos to bed and am rewarding myself with cookies and cream and pop tarts for not slapping anyone upside their head today 😅🤣😂😇. 2y
Wbabdullah @RestlessFickleBookSlut a sign of a good teacher is blaming the self and reflecting on how the concept could be taught better—kudos to you! You‘re one of the good ones who doesn‘t blame the kids for everything!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RestlessFickleBookSlut Yup. I grew up in that church. Left at 20 as soon as I was on my own. And yet so many of those ideas have become mainstream. Crazy! 2y
TK-421 Sorry you had a rough day 🙁 I hope you are able to spend a quiet evening recharging and that tomorrow will be better 2y
mrozzz 💜💜💜 2y
tpixie @RestlessFickleBookSlut I hope the rest of the week is better for you!! ❤️🎉❤️🎉 2y
Sace @Wbabdullah @ElishaLovesBooks I'm feeling better this morning. I'll keep plugging along. I try not to blame the kids but it's frustrating when 11th graders can't find a direct object. 😂 2y
Sace @BarbaraTheBibliophage and some of the bits about prosperity preaching... 🙄 I just hit the chapter about the economy and positive thinking. *shudder * 2y
Sace @TK-421 thank you! I watched some mindless TV, hung out on Litsy and read. I'm feeling a little better. 😊 2y
Sace @mrozzz thank you! 2y
Aleida Kids can suck ass. Try having them entertain you sometime, haha! 2y
Sace @Aleida 😂😂😂😂 2y
Sace @Aleida @TK-421 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Wbabdullah @ElishaLovesBooks @mrozzz @tpixie @amie Today was a lot better. Thanks for coming to my pity party yesterday 😊 2y
mrozzz 👏🏻👍🏻🙌🏻😄 2y
Wbabdullah Yay @RestlessFickleBookSlut !!! 🙌🏽👍🏽💪🏽 2y
tpixie @RestlessFickleBookSlut awesomeness! Thx for the update! I was hoping it would be!!! 🎉🍀🎉🍀 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @RestlessFickleBookSlut happy to hear it! Yay!😊 2y
TK-421 Yay! 🙌 2y
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arlenefinnigan
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#BlackBooks #riotgrams
I believe the title of this was subsequently changed. I prefer the original.
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Louise The title says it all! 😆 2y
Sace Looks interesting. Just put it in hold at my library. And the title was different. 2y
Sace PS I like this title much better 2y
arlenefinnigan @RestlessFickleBookSlut it's a really interesting book. Reads a bit like a sociology text book but it's well worth it. 2y
keithmalek The original title was Brightsided and I loved it! 2y
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Bertha_Mason

I can't wait to check this book out and read all about how ableist and abusive and destructive "positive psychology" is. It'll definitely be in my next library haul.

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Bertha_Mason

Virulently ableist, multiply bigoted "positive psychology" enthusiasts will be blocked if they follow me on here. If you're reading this and you're one too, you ought to read the tagged book, and you can also eat my entire ass.

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arlenefinnigan
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#SameBookDifferentCover #AprilBookShowers
Different title, in fact. They changed it to 'Bright sided'. Guess they thought Smile Or Die was a bit aggressive. 😂
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tpixie Lol 3y
Marchpane I like Smile or Die much better (what does that say about me? 🤔) 3y
RachelO Drives. Me. Mad! Don't know how long I spent trying to track down a copy of 'Cocaine Blues' only to find it had been toned down to 'Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates' for us poor sensitive souls in the UK. 3y
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Oryx Sounds like an interesting read 3y
arlenefinnigan @RachelO oh my God what a delightfully English title 😂 3y
arlenefinnigan @Marchpane same here! I bought it for the title! 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I survived the epic slump, a banned book that was a rough read, and a long detailed biography. My strategy was picking a few short books to get my reading back on track. Looking forward to December reads!

DebinHawaii Great job getting over the slump! 📚👍😀 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DebinHawaii Thanks! It was far fewer pages than I usually read, but I think I survived! 3y
Liberty Look at your adorable Bitmoji! 😊 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Liberty Aww thanks! And she never has bed head! (edited) 3y
Cinfhen I'm LOVING your Bitmoji - I became paranoid to use mine when the warning alert came up, it said enabling this app could compromise my private personal accounts 😬 3y
Cinfhen And congrats on awesome reading stats👍🏻 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thank you! I did some reading about Bitmoji and security. The way I use it doesn't seem risky too me. Hope I'm right! 3y
Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage well I'm LOVING your Bitmoji and very tempted to start using mine❣ 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen You should! From what I could tell, it's the keyboard that's the issue. I mostly just use mine from the app as a copy and paste. That's not supposed to be an issue. 3y
Cinfhen Thanks Barbara 💝 3y
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Beholderess
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I am not enamored with positive thinking, especially of the obligatory kind, so I love this book so far.
#nonfiction #nonfictionlove #psychology

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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If you don't always feel relentless optimism and have had friends tell you to "snap out of it," you might like this book. If you loved or hated The Secret, this book might offer you a new perspective. I found it especially meaningful during the last days of the 2016 election cycle.

I listened to it on audio and found it easy to absorb. Highly recommend.

Longer review at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1242767397

#nonfictionnovember

acc5446 lord, i scrolled too fast and thought you wrote "menstrual cycle" ? 3y
MyNamesParadise What is The Secret about? I've definitely seen it around, but never knew what it was about 🙈 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @MyNamesParadise It's about using positive thinking and the law of attraction to achieve what you want - things and opportunities. (edited) 3y
geodynamical Oh good. I was hoping I would vicariously find this book to intersect with the Secret. Will check your other review. 3y
geodynamical Thanks for linking the extended, solid review. As my friend anonymous would say, "Trickery is never-ending. Know the signs of insanity." 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @geodynamical Glad to have helped you. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of this book! 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Next up for #nonfictionnovember is this gem. I'm about 20% in and definitely appreciating her approach. #nonfictnov

BookishFeminist Love Barbara Ehrenreich 🙌🏼 3y
thebookmagpie I loved this one ☺️ 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds interesting, I added it as well 3y
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Megabooks Sounds good. Added to TBR! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BookishFeminist This is the first of her books I've read. So far it's 👍🏻! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ebooksandcooks I'm guessing you'd like it too. @thebookmagpie Yay! Glad to have your endorsement! 3y
geodynamical Marshall Rosenberg regards positive, judgemental praise as life-alienating communication. Positive judgements such as "charming" "brilliant" or "beautiful" do not show appreciation for what the other person actually did. Judgemental praise in the workplace or the classroom seems to get results at first, but soon the receiver of the praise sees the praise as manipulation and productivity lessens. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @geodynamical Huh - interesting quote. Sounds like the same vein as this book, although I'm not too far along! Thanks. 3y
geodynamical @BarbaraTheBibliophage enjoying your nonfiction shares :) 3y
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jdtchicago

... critical thinking is inherently skeptical. The best students -- and in good colleges, also the most successful -- are the ones who raise sharp questions, even at the risk of making a professor momentarily uncomfortable. Whether the subject is literature or engineering, graduates should be capable of challenging authority figures, going against the views of their classmates, and defending novel points of view.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Here's my rainbow of ebooks for#septphotochallenge. I have a LOT of ebooks to choose from. #bookrainbow #ROYGBIV #somethingforsept

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Notafraidofwords
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Everything is perfect here, or as perfect as you want to make it. Dreams go out and fulfill themselves; wishes need only to be articulated. It's just a god-awful lonely place.

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Notafraidofwords
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I hope everyone can read this. I almost died laughing and I'm at the Nissan dealership getting an oil change, everyone is looking at me crazy.

Lacythebookworm I ❤️ Ehrenreich! She's sharp! 3y
Notafraidofwords @Lacythebookworm my first time reading her. I like her voice so far! 3y
Hooked_on_books Kind of reminds me of the pieces of flare conversation from Office Space 3y
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Zelma @Hooked_on_books totally. "we just want you to express yourself." "So you want me to wear more flare?" ? 3y
Notafraidofwords @Zelma seriously true. 3y
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Notafraidofwords
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My new nonfiction read. My boyfriend is a big believer in positive thinking and I am not. So I plan to antagonize him with this book (just kidding you guys). I'm just interested this part of our culture.

TheWellReadOwl 😂😂 3y
Notafraidofwords @TheWellReadOwl it's an interesting read that's for sure. 3y
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'A friend of mine...once engaged a "life coach" to improve his finances and was told to overcome his negative feelings about wealth and to always carry a twenty dollar bill I his wallet "to attract more money."' I laughed out loud at the ridiculous advice.

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Pickpick

Although a little simplistic and repetitive in parts, this was a great short read about what positive thinking really means and how it can be a dangerous influence on people's lives. The chapters about cancer and the financial crisis were particularly good.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I'm going to need to read this one, I've noticed this more and more lately in our society and it's disturbing on some levels, because the flip side is if you didn't get better, etc etc it's your fault for not wanting it bad enough, or for not smiling enough. 3y
BookishFeminist Love Barbara Ehrenreich 3y
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Magslhalliday If you're enjoying this I'd also recommend Oliver Burkeman's books investigating the self-help industry. 3y
thebookmagpie @Riveted_Reader_Melissa it's definitely something I've thought about a lot in the last few years due to certain circumstances and I have to agree with you, it's a pretty creepy attitude. 3y
thebookmagpie @BookishFeminist she's so smart and funny! Will definitely be checking out some of her other work. 3y
thebookmagpie @Magslhalliday ooh those sound v interesting! Will have a look at them. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @thebookmagpie Yes, very creepy. Now if you aren't successful it's because you are lazy, but if you're sick you're lazy too. Being a disabled person in America isn't for wimps! Sheesh, talk about a no win situation. 3y
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Starting to catalogue all my books with this bookcase - it's the first of four! Wish me luck...

Simona @thebookmagpie I wish you luck 👍 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Looks pretty! 3y
Readaholics What are you using to catalogue them? An app? 3y
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thebookmagpie @Simona thanks! Managed to get the whole living room done so that's a start, I keep most of my books in the spare room though so that'll be the real challenge! @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com thanks ☺️ 3y
thebookmagpie @Readaholics I'm using the LibraryThing app, I've been an intermittent LT user for years but I cleared my account out and decided to start again from the beginning. I need somewhere to catalogue everything and the LT app lets me do that super quickly and I much prefer it to Goodreads. 3y
Eyelit Ooh - I didn't know librarything had an app... Happy day! 😄 3y
thebookmagpie @Eyelit I have to admit, that and Litsy were instrumental in me defecting to iPhone 😊 3y
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