Popular culture is awash with overt and subconscious messages instructing us to think positively. From children’s stories about the “Little Engine that Could” and his mantra of “I think I can. I think I can” to self-help books for adults professing the genuine, mystical power of positive thought, the message is clear: It’s positive to think positively.
There are certainly benefits to being optimistic. Countless achievements could not have been accomplished had the achievers doubted their chances of success and not tried. But the issue is not completely one-sided.