Barbara Held: Combating the Tyranny of the Positive Attitude


Psychologist Barbara Held believes a positive attitude is overrated. In dealing with the pain of life, Held says we can just let people be themselves, even if they whine, complain or feel negative.

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Barbara Held is professor of psychology and social studies at Bowdoin College, and the author of “Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching.” Trained as a clinical psychologist, she practiced therapy for many years. Held lives with her husband on the coast of Maine.