The Upside of Your Dark Side

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The Upside of Your Dark Side

Why Being Your Whole Self--Not Just Your "Good" Self--Drives Success and Fulfillment

By Todd Kashdan; Robert Biswas-Diener

Hudson Street Press, Hardcover, 9781594631733, 286pp.

Publication Date: September 25, 2014

Description
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 such as anger, anxiety, guilt, and sadness might feel uncomfortable, but it turns out that they are also incredibly useful. For instance:

Anger fuels creativity

Guilt sparks improvement

Self-doubt enhances performance

In the same vein, we can become wiser and more effective when we harness the darker parts of our personality in certain situations. For instance:

Selfishness increases courage

Mindlessness leads to better decisions

The key lies in what the authors call emotional, social, and mental agility, the ability to access our full range of emotions and behavior 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. With an appreciation of our entire psychological toolkit, we become whole which allows us to climb the highest peaks and handle the deepest valleys.



About the Author
Todd B. Kashdan, Ph.D., is a recognized authority on personality, well-being, and social relationships. He has published more than 150 scholarly articles and trains professionals to become emotionally and socially agile. He has been honored with the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award at George Mason University and the 2013 Distinguished Scientific Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association. His work has been featured in several media outlets, including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Robert Biswas-Diener, Dr. Philos. has published more than forty scholarly articles and has trained thousands of professionals on six continents. He is known as the Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology because he has conducted research with groups typically overlooked by psychologists, including Amish farmers, sex workers in Kolkata, Maasai tribespeople, and seal hunters in a remote corner of Greenland.