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Authors Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener introduce The Upside of Your Dark Side

The Upside of Your Dark Side

The Upside of Your Dark Side looks at the negative emotions we generally try to avoid or repress. The authors of this book examine mental agility, the ways we are fueled by anger and guilt, and how to fulfill your true potential. 

Dear Reader,

We want to offer a counter-intuitive idea about the human condition: the cultural message that "you should feel good and try not to feel bad" is among one of the most toxic pieces of advice in all of modern psychology.

Americans hate anger, sadness, and other negative emotions. Just take a tour of the bookstore aisles and you’ll see countless titles about our pursuit of happiness. We invite you to take a closer look. We think that you can gain more from accessing the full range of your emotions. You don’t have to avoid discomfort to live a meaningful and engaging life. In fact, a bit of occasional anxiety or guilt can propel you to do great things.

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Sara Carder is Editorial Director at Tarcher / Penguin Random House where she has the great pleasure of working on books that help people lead happier, healthier lives.

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