Therapy resources: problems with “the power of positive thinking”

The New York Times published an interesting commentary about research on positive thinking on 10-26-14. The author, Gabriele Oettingen, is a professor of psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg. Her commentary, “The Problem With Positive Thinking,” reviews are cultural patterns and myths about positive thinking, and what research actually tells us about this common coping patterns. It turns out that the actual research about it finds it to be strikingly unhelpful. She cites several research examples in support of this. Her take: it feels good in the short run, but saps the energy and probably distracts