Is optimism on Life Support, Michael Adamse?
"I think there’s still room for optimism in America and we desperately need it"
By Victor Perton, Author of "Optimism: The How and Why"
Reading an interview with Dr Michael Adamse, I was struck by his comment, "I think there’s still room for optimism in America and we desperately need it."
The question asked by Michelle Llama was "Why did you decide to write your latest book on mental health?"
Michael answered, "I’ve seen the impact of political, social and economic turmoil in the U.S. in my practice. People are experiencing health disorders, addiction problems, social isolation and more. This cornucopia of mental health issues is really related to two primary things: a response to the events happening in the country and the political divide.
"So, I felt really compelled to write this book to address those problems and address what we’re witnessing. I felt that there wasn’t enough of a balance in the media with too much polarization and fear-based reporting. I really wanted people to see that it’s not as hopeless as some are suggesting.
"I think there’s still room for optimism in America and we desperately need it. That’s why I wrote the book."
Reading Michael's book, "Make America Sane Again: A Mental Health Expert Weighs In", Michael says, "I consider myself a realistic optimist."
On optimism, Michael writes:
"Fear can be readily tamed through a mindset that embraces rational thinking, perspective taking, and optimism."
"If you tend to be an optimistic type of person, much of what you read (in this book) will be refreshing. However, this is not a Pollyannaish view of a world where all our problems are solved by sitting around a campfire singing songs and holding hands. I live in the real world and know fully well that our individual and societal lives are fraught with real and draining."