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Night Vision: Seeing Ourselves Through Dark Moods By Mariana Alessandri Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691215457
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 9th, 2023

A philosophy book in self-help's skin, Night Vision rejects modern psychology's "toxic positivity" and dismantles the old-as-time metaphor of light and dark representing good and bad. Alessandri proposes that rather than telling a suffering person to look on the "bright side" we should instead learn to see them in their darkness (and see ourselves too), so both people benefit from a feeling of connection and understanding. Drawing from personal experience and writings including Audre Lord, María Lugones, Miguel de Unamuno, and Søren Kierkegaard–all philosophers who sat for long times in painful emotions–Alessandri teaches the reader to do the same.

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