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The Upside of Your Dark Side Audiobook

The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self - Not Just Your "Good" Self - Drives Success and Fulfillment

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Publisher's Summary

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 like anger, anxiety, or doubt might be uncomfortable, but it turns out that they are also incredibly useful.

For instance:

  • Anger fuels creativity
  • Guilt sparks improvement
  • Self-doubt enhances performance
  • Selfishness increases courage
  • Mindlessness leads to better decisions

The key lies in what the authors call "emotional agility," the ability to access our full range of emotions - 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.

©2014 Todd B. Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Hudson Street Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company

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    A. Haase Denver, CO United States 06-08-16
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    "freakonomics fans would like this"

    A review of research on and reasons for emotions and motivations that are not entirely positive.

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    Rose 05-29-15
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    "must read!!"

    Over all we must learn to embrace our dark side because it is necessary to maneuver through today's society. This book points out why we get more stuff done when we're upset.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Alberto 07-10-16
    Alberto 07-10-16
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    "Intresting audiobook"
    What did you love best about The Upside of Your Dark Side?

    It has a different point of you of our negative side. Rather and pushing it away. I recommend it.


    What does Jeff Cummings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Looking at negative things and emotions from a different perspective


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    Melissa Parolin 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    narration was good, interesting prespective; not sure I'd re-listen though. sometimes struggles to pay attention & would zone out while listening to this one...

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    VerdereC Palo Alto, CA 09-14-16
    VerdereC Palo Alto, CA 09-14-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Need more focus on using Dark Side & less preachin"

    Part of my negative review is the previous book I read ( Psychopath Whisperer) was so good, but this content is a good follow up because it shows how all personality aspects can be used effectively

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    Philip Ann Arbor, MI, United States 07-06-16
    Philip Ann Arbor, MI, United States 07-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Some interesting concepts, annoying narration"

    I was only able to stop getting annoyed by the narration after I sped up the recording by 1.25 times. Else, the fake interested narrator would leave you disgusted with the book.
    The topics and transitions are not well organized. But there are some interesting concepts every now and then.

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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 07-25-16
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 07-25-16 Member Since 2006

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    "Boring and learned nothing"

    I guess as a nurse who has studied psychology for many years I was hoping to learn something new, but sadly there was nothing new or enlightening for me here.I couldnt get through more than 1/2 of this audio before shutting it off....not worth the time or credits in my opinion.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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