DiscoverTen Percent Happier with Dan Harris#169: Oliver Burkeman, The Power of Negative Thinking
#169: Oliver Burkeman, The Power of Negative Thinking

#169: Oliver Burkeman, The Power of Negative Thinking

Update: 2019-01-0925
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Oliver Burkeman writes about social psychology, self-help culture, productivity, and the science of happiness in This Column Will Change Your Life for The Guardian. In his writings, he challenges "The Power of Positive Thinking," and in fact argues for the benefits of contemplating worst-case scenarios. His new book, "The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking," explores the benefits of negativity, uncertainty, failure and imperfection.

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Twitter: @oliverburkeman
Columns: https://www.theguardian.com/profile/oliverburkeman
The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
https://www.amazon.com/Antidote-Happiness-People-Positive-Thinking/dp/0865478015
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Jessika Twehous

What is the Buddhist term you mentioned about catastrophic thinking? Perpontia?

Jan 11th
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Anna Kochetkova

I really enjoyed the podcast. I want to add that "negative thinking" isn't understood the way you guys are discussing it. I think you are talking about awareness and allowing one self space to feel into whatever feelings are preveiling. Negative thinking is often associated with catastrophising, suicide and other similar emotions. I think the term "positive thinking" has been flogged to death hence so many people dislike using it. However you are not talking about negative thinking and self inflicting depression but allowing one self to feel all emotions including negative emotions. We indeed must allow ourselves to feel it all. And we don't talk enough about it I think. Thanks for bringing the conversation.

Jan 9th
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#169: Oliver Burkeman, The Power of Negative Thinking

#169: Oliver Burkeman, The Power of Negative Thinking

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