The Power of Negative Emotion

How Anger, Guilt, and Self Doubt are Essential to Success and Fulfillment


About The Book

Feelings like anger, boredom, guilt, and anxiety might be uncomfortable, but they are also incredibly useful. In this ground-breaking book, acclaimed psychologists Dr Todd Kashdan and Dr Robert Biswas-Diener explain why positivity and mindfulness can only take us so far. To live life to the full, we need to cultivate ‘emotional agility’ – the ability to access our full range of emotions (not just the ‘good’ ones). Find out why:

• Anger fuels creativity
• Guilt sparks improvement
• Self-doubt enhances performance
• Selfishness increases courage

Drawing on years of scientific research and a wide array of real-life examples from sports, parenting, relationships, business and more, The Power of Negative Emotion is a bold handbook for a more fulfilling and successful life.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (January 8, 2015)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781780746616

Raves and Reviews

'[A] well-researched and highly fact-based read'.

– The Glass House

'A really cleverly packaged, quite brilliant idea... the ultimate end of January read'

– Alexandra Heminsley, Radio 2

'Entertaining and informative'

– Press Association

‘Rather good.. may entice you into reclaiming your dark side’

– The Times

‘A new way of thinking’

– The Sun

'The perfect manual for someone waking up on a January morning’

– Independent on Sunday

‘A highly refreshing alternative to the idea that one must pursue happiness at all costs.’

– Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct

'Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the hidden elements of a happy, fulfilling, engaged life.'

– Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project

‘I feel like I have five new superpowers after reading this book. The dark side does indeed have an upside – and this book teaches us how to harness it, so we can truly lead more heroic and purposeful lives.’

– Jane McGonigal, author of Reality Is Broken

‘With verve, humour, solid research, and lots of examples, the authors cut through prevailing myths about happiness to show what actually creates a fulfilling, contributing life. Brave, bold, and brilliant.’

– Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain

‘At long last, here’s a book on why happiness can make us sad and mindfulness might be overrated. If you haven’t read it yet, you should feel guilty – and it turns out that will be good for you.’

– Adam Grant, author of Give and Take

‘Full of scientific research yet laugh-out-loud funny, this book is a must read. The authors turn everything on its head – questioning the wisdom of positive psychology and the pursuit of happiness – all in order to help us flourish and be happy!’

– Kristin Neff, author of Self-Compassion