The Upside of Your Dark Side

  • by Todd Kashdan, Robert Biswas-Diener
  • Narrated by Jeff Cummings
  • 7 hrs and 43 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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must read!!

Over all we must learn to embrace our dark side because it is necessary to maneuver through today's society. This book points out why we get more stuff done when we're upset.
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- Rose

freakonomics fans would like this

A review of research on and reasons for emotions and motivations that are not entirely positive.
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- A. Haase

Book Details

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