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5.0 von 5 Sternen Revelation (not the book in the bible)
This is simply the most important book I have read in a long, long time. My eyes have been opened and I am so grateful that the feelings of ineptitude I had at motivational meetings were not, in fact, anything to do with me! I am about to continue my journey with Ms Ehrenreich, moving on to Nickled and Dimed. For once, the fact that I am not American makes no difference...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen My smile died
I have been reading english books a long time but first time I found out that it is possible to order two books with different names and get exactly the same book. Namely Smile or die and Bright sided. Not nice !
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Revelation (not the book in the bible), 31. Oktober 2013
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Smile Or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World (Kindle Edition)
This is simply the most important book I have read in a long, long time. My eyes have been opened and I am so grateful that the feelings of ineptitude I had at motivational meetings were not, in fact, anything to do with me! I am about to continue my journey with Ms Ehrenreich, moving on to Nickled and Dimed. For once, the fact that I am not American makes no difference. Her message is for all of us.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's not about changing the feeling -- it's about changing your life!, 21. April 2011
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I love the motto of Barbara Ehrenreich's book "Smile or Die": "To complainers everywhere: turn up the volume!". It ties in nicely with the motto of one of my favorite blogs "rationally speaking": "Truth springs from argument amongst friends". In the discourse with my consulting friends from all approaches, often criticism is not welcome and fooling ourselves into thinking that something is actually very good when it is at best mediocre is very much accepted. Praise has become so expected that even not praising is frowned upon. I personally don't like this "praise-inflation" and I don't think it gets us anywhere. Instead of changing something for the better, we simply fool ourselves into believing it's better when it is not.

Barbara Ehrenreich makes a compelling case for actual change instead of fooling ourselves. She analyzes modern magical thinking: "If I am simply positive enough, I will live longer" and puts it to the test telling us about studies that found "negative" cancer patients to live just as long as "positive" ones. Contrary to public opinion, you cannot make your life better by smiling into a mirror, self-affirming that you will be a great actress while you put on your Denny's diner uniform.

I really loved the book (ok -- part of it is probably confirmation bias). The only parts I did not much care for are the explanatory sections. Question like: "Why do we think this way?" and speculations about the answers "puritanism, captialism ..." etc. are simply not interesting to me. The world is too complex to find out, really. I would have probably found the question: "What are some of the good reasons why people choose magical thinking over rationality?" more compelling.

If you've always been annoyed by enthusiastic followers of "The Secret" or "Ask the universe and you will be given" or "Think yourself thin", "Discover your inner slimness..." (I'll stop here or I'll invent even more ludicrous ones), you'll love the book. If you are such a follower and it works for you (and that's completely ok -- nobody say's that it's harmful to smile and be positive and believe in yourself if it doesn't keep you from actually doing something about what you want), maybe you want to pick up another book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen My smile died, 3. April 2010
I have been reading english books a long time but first time I found out that it is possible to order two books with different names and get exactly the same book. Namely Smile or die and Bright sided. Not nice !
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