Think About It: The Misbegotten Promise of Positive Thinking Discourse

  title={Think About It: The Misbegotten Promise of Positive Thinking Discourse},
  author={Louise Woodstock},
  journal={Journal of Communication Inquiry},
  pages={166 - 189}
  • L. Woodstock
  • Published 1 April 2007
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Communication Inquiry
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