There Are No Bad Racks

This blog entry is about Scrabble, where one's "rack" is the seven tiles in front of you. This blog entry is also about Scrabble as a metaphor for the good life.

Is Optimism Undermining America?

Both scholarly and popular discussions have questioned optimism, positive thinking, and more generally positive psychology, suggesting that they are responsible for much of what ails the modern world, including ongoing economic crises in the United States.

The Bad Company of Positive Psychology

When positive psychology first began, some of us clucked our tongues about the threat posed by bad company, meaning people with various intentions, bad or good, who might be attracted by the positive but indifferent to the science. Positive psychology has since grown, and I believe that its bad company has also proliferated.