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One Simple Idea - How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life-logo

One Simple Idea - How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life

Mitch Horowitz

From the millions-strong audiences of Oprah and The Secret to the mass-media ministries of evangelical figures like Joel Osteen and T. D. Jakes, to the motivational bestsellers and New Age seminars to the twelve-step programs and support groups of the recovery movement and to the rise of positive psychology and stress-reduction therapies, this idea--to think positively--is metaphysics morphed into mass belief. This is the biography of that belief. No one has yet written a serious and broad-ranging treatment and history of the positive-thinking movement. Until now. For all its influence across popular culture, religion, politics, and medicine, this psycho-spiritual movement remains a maligned and misunderstood force in modern life. Its roots are unseen and its long-range impact is unacknowledged. It is often considered a cotton-candy theology for New Agers and self-help junkies. In response, One Simple Idea corrects several historical misconceptions about the positive-thinking movement and introduces us to a number of colorful and dramatic personalities, including Napoleon Hill and Norman Vincent Peale, whose books and influence have touched the lives of tens of millions across the world.

From the millions-strong audiences of Oprah and The Secret to the mass-media ministries of evangelical figures like Joel Osteen and T. D. Jakes, to the motivational bestsellers and New Age seminars to the twelve-step programs and support groups of the recovery movement and to the rise of positive psychology and stress-reduction therapies, this idea--to think positively--is metaphysics morphed into mass belief. This is the biography of that belief. No one has yet written a serious and broad-ranging treatment and history of the positive-thinking movement. Until now. For all its influence across popular culture, religion, politics, and medicine, this psycho-spiritual movement remains a maligned and misunderstood force in modern life. Its roots are unseen and its long-range impact is unacknowledged. It is often considered a cotton-candy theology for New Agers and self-help junkies. In response, One Simple Idea corrects several historical misconceptions about the positive-thinking movement and introduces us to a number of colorful and dramatic personalities, including Napoleon Hill and Norman Vincent Peale, whose books and influence have touched the lives of tens of millions across the world.
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From the millions-strong audiences of Oprah and The Secret to the mass-media ministries of evangelical figures like Joel Osteen and T. D. Jakes, to the motivational bestsellers and New Age seminars to the twelve-step programs and support groups of the recovery movement and to the rise of positive psychology and stress-reduction therapies, this idea--to think positively--is metaphysics morphed into mass belief. This is the biography of that belief. No one has yet written a serious and broad-ranging treatment and history of the positive-thinking movement. Until now. For all its influence across popular culture, religion, politics, and medicine, this psycho-spiritual movement remains a maligned and misunderstood force in modern life. Its roots are unseen and its long-range impact is unacknowledged. It is often considered a cotton-candy theology for New Agers and self-help junkies. In response, One Simple Idea corrects several historical misconceptions about the positive-thinking movement and introduces us to a number of colorful and dramatic personalities, including Napoleon Hill and Norman Vincent Peale, whose books and influence have touched the lives of tens of millions across the world.

Language:

English

Length:

10h 36m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:02


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:12


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:27


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:08


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:13


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:35


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:52


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:36


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:10


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:06


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:55


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:39


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:10


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:29


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:54


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:22


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:46


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:06


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:08


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:09


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:33


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:08


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:43


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:50


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:35


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:00


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:45


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:39


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:33


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:46


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:33


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:47


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:00


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:32


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:51


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:29


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:04


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:07


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:49


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:36


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:30


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:52


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:10


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:34


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:24


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:10


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:03


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:03


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:40


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:43


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:27


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:00


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:04


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:18


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:02


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:37


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:27


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:20


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:24


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:57


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:29


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:18


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:27


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

02:10


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:22


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:15


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

00:30