The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

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The classic prescription for anxiety is to let a smile be your umbrella. Most Americans put a lot of energy into being upbeat, but some psychologists are starting to preach the power of pessimism.

Worrying about the worst case, they say, might just be the best way to win friends and influence people. Good pessimism is just good planning. So Woody Allen, the defensive pessimist, is right to assume disaster, and Kathy Lee Gifford needs an attitude adjustment.

Wipe that smile off your face, we’re taking a stroll on the stormy side of the street.
(Hosted by Eddie Mair)