The Upside of Your Dark Side

  • by Todd Kashdan, Robert Biswas-Diener
  • Narrated by Jeff Cummings
  • 8 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Upside of Your Dark Side, two pioneering researchers in the field of psychology show that while mindfulness, kindness, and positivity can take us far, they cannot take us all the way. Sometimes, they can even hold us back. Emotions like anger, anxiety, or doubt might be uncomfortable, but it turns out that they are also incredibly useful. For instance:

Anger fuels creativity
Guilt sparks improvement
Self-doubt enhances performance
Selfishness increases courage
Mindlessness leads to better decisions
The key lies in what the authors call "emotional agility," the ability to access our full range of emotions - not just the "good" ones - in order to respond most effectively to whatever situation we might encounter. Drawing on years of scientific research and a wide array of real-life examples including sports, the military, parenting, education, romance, business, and more, The Upside of Your Dark Side is a refreshing reality check that shows us how we can truly maximize our potential.

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Comfort is killing us

Interesting listen, well read. I totally agree with the 'Whole Person' the authors assert. The discussion on Narcissism was both surprising and delightful. What captured me immediately, and I believe deserves further exploration--maybe even another book--was the topic of how comfort has totally influenced our culture. Defines our culture is probably more accurate, and the unintended consequences of heated seats, and perfectly designed coffee holders.
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- Brian

food for thought

This book teaches to understand myself and others from a holistic point of view. It allowed me to see myself as a whole with positive and negative emotions; but most of all, it shows how to use these emotions so I can be a better person.
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- alejandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-25-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio