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Depression is Good For You…Maybe

A massive NYT Magazine piece explores “Depression’s Upside,” as hypothesized by evolutionary and social psychologists.

[T]heir speculation is part of a larger scientific re-evaluation of negative moods, which have long been seen as emotional states to avoid. The dismissal of sadness and its synonyms is perhaps best exemplified by the rise of positive psychology, a scientific field devoted to the pursuit of happiness. […] The new research on negative moods, however, suggests that sadness comes with its own set of benefits and that even our most unpleasant feelings serve an important purpose…

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Posted by Will Baum, LCSW