The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self–Not Just Your “Good” Self–Drives Success and Fulfillment

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The Upside of Your Dark Side by Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener sheds light on how you can use the less “good” sides of yourself to make better choices and succeed. I really enjoyed the authors’ discussion of why it is useful to embrace “bad” or doubtful thoughts. Most of the time we’re told to “be happy” or our lives will be miserable. But, The Upside of Your Down Side provides scientific studies that challenge that assumption. In fact, being able to embrace our disappointments or to understand the wild mix of our emotions can be useful to our mental and physical well-being. The authors balance the scientific with the practical and manageable, and this creates an interesting and thought-provoking book. In the chapter on mindfulness, the authors move fearlessly from a scientific study that underscores the benefits of mindfulness, and into The Walking Dead television series. It is that ability to shift from science, to culture, and then to personal stories that I appreciated. The book is not a casual beach read; there are nearly 50 pages of notes. But, it is an important read for you if you’ve been told to not worry and be positive. You shouldn’t be, but you should read this book.


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Author Todd Kashdan, Robert Biswas-Diener
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Hudson Street Press
Publish Date 2014-Sep-25
ISBN 9781594631733
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Issue March 2015
Category Science & Nature
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