This ebook, Scientific Pollyannaism: From Inquisition to Positive Psychology (PDF) argues that the story of the orphan girl Pollyanna (namely, her strategy of playing the “glad games” to manage abuse, loss, and social prejudice) serves as a framework for scrutinizing historical forms of Western scientific Pollyannaism. The author explores Pollyannaism as it relates to the sciences, demonstrating how the approach has been used throughout modern Western history to buoy up happiness and to criticize negative human emotional states. These attempts, carried out by scientists and popularized as scientific, emphasize on negating the role of the environment and on promoting different forms of emotional control. At last, the ebook emphasizes strategies used to force individuals into becoming Pollyannas about science itself.
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