Patt Morrison for March 3, 2010

Jonah Lehrer on making depression work for you!

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The Up side of leaving that frown just the way it is

Does depression serve an evolutionary purpose? That’s the theory doctors are beginning to explore, and in doing so, are discovering some positive sides to depression’s roots. It turns out intense rumination and fixating on one’s flaws might not be so bad if they allow you to focus on understanding your problems and doing something about them. Still, others in the field are skeptical. Either way, the debate is getting both sides to re-evaluate negative moods and any “moral obligation” to be happy…

Guests:

Jonah Lehrer, author of “Depression’s Upside” in this weekend’s New York Times Sunday Magazine


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