Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £17.99

Buy Now for £17.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

To achieve any major life goal, conventional wisdom tells us we must think positively. Picture yourself delivering the perfect presentation and it shall be so; envisage the ideal job interview and it will go well; imagine yourself sprinting first across the finish line and you will romp home as champion. While these strategies sound compelling, they have been shown to backfire. 

Oliver Burkeman explores why people are often more successful - as are organisations, armies and governments - when they focus on reasons they are likely to fail; asks where happiness comes from, and whether we look for it in the wrong places; explores a phenomenon that has come to be called 'fungineering' – attempts to boost happiness in the workplace; and confronts what many of us see as the most negative of all experiences: death.

In a special one off episode, The Impostor's Survival Guide, Oliver Burkeman explores why so many of us spend our working lives feeling like impostors on the brink of being found out. Where do these feelings come from and are we alone? Oliver talks to individuals who've reached the top of their field whether in the arts, business or medicine about how they all feel like impostors from time to time. He'll also examine the latest research that suggests its more prevalent than ever. What's changed about how we live and work today that leaves so many of us with these feelings. And what can be done about them? Is just admitting to one another that we all feel same way enough?  

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

What listeners say about The Power of Negative Thinking

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Light and refreshing listen

In the typical rush of everyday life, the book brings you back to earth, but not in a way that most psychological reads do, but in a light, a bit humorous way

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Andrew Lenards
  • Andrew Lenards
  • 23-07-19

Perfect Follow-up to "Addicted to Busy"

Oliver Burkeman perfectly outlines how positive thinking is likely to backfire. This is a great introduction to Burkeman's perspective. I particularly enjoyed the final chapter on imposture feelings and imposturism.

If this is the first you've heard of Burkeman, you are in for a treat! Once you finish with this, enjoy "The Antidote", "Addicted to Busy", and "Why Are We So Angry?".

Checkout his appearance on the 10% Happier podcast too!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for corey
  • corey
  • 19-07-21

More like a podcast.

I really enjoy reading Oliver Burkeman, but this “book” is more like podcast about his book “the antidote” don’t waste your money on this and just read “the antidote” which is a great read.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Find a Path with Heart
  • Find a Path with Heart
  • 29-09-21

Very useful for those of us motivated by non-happy thoughts

I saw this title and knew it was for me.

I love to daydream of how wonderful it is going to be when… but the nothing happens. I don’t have a need to do the activity because I’ve already felt good. The book nails how that is going on in your head.

Less anyone be concerned: the book does not belittle you or scare you into behaving. Rather it addresses how useful negative emotions can be. In my case for example, I don’t do my taxes until I tell myself how terrified I’m going to be if the government comes and gets me. It works every time!

This book is short because it is amazingly unfluffy. I highly recommend it.

One caveat: a small portion of the audiobook has the actual speakers tell their stories. I couldn’t understand what is either an Irish, Scottish, or Welsh accent very well.