Carol Tavris's The Negative Side of Positive Phychology

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Carol Tavris's The Negative Side of Positive Phychology

Postby Home from the Hill » Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:17 pm

I enjoyed the science and humor of this article, as well as Ms. Tavris's love of choosing the best words to present her cautions against runaway optimism. However, as an added source, I suggest the mainstream book by the insightful, prescient Barbara Ehrenreich, Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America. In 2010, Ms. Ehrenreich debunked positivism's unquestioned benefits while universities, economists, and parents enthusiastically welcomed it in to infect our lives. —Home from the hill

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Re: Carol Tavris's The Negative Side of Positive Phychology

Postby SweetPea » Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:23 pm

I previously posted this:

Positive thoughts ratio complete garbage study that lasted almost a decade; too big to fail

http://retractionwatch.com/2013/09/19/f ... withdrawn/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2 ... study.html
In response to this merciless thrashing, Losada has declared he's all booked up for 2013 and couldn’t possibly carve out a free minute for comment. Fredrickson, in a detailed response published alongside the critique in American Psychologist, bravely confesses that she never actually understood Losada’s debunked math. Even more bravely, she proceeds to argue that subsequent work on positivity ratios has left her ideas more or less intact. "Whether positivity ratios obey one or more critical tipping points" resembling those she and Losada claimed to identify is a question Fredrickson cautiously admits "merits further test."



BUT, Fredrickson previously had asserted that she had carefully scrutinized the math for some time, and confirmed it.

This is what’s so irksome about the positivity self-test and the “science” of the positivity ratio more generally. It’s not just that that there’s no credible scientific finding to the effect that it takes three episodes of awe to pay back one episode of embarrassment; it’s that no one has ever looked.
How do the Deniers get so lucky?
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