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Advantages to Adversity

Feb 18, 2014

Psychiatrist Norman Rosenthal discusses the possible advantages of life's setbacks in "The Gift of Adversity."

At some point in life, everyone faces failure or at least an uphill battle, perhaps a discouraging circumstance that provokes thoughts of giving up.

Today we talk with three authors who examine adversity and failure from different perspectives: Journalist Megan McArdle, author of "The Upside of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success"; Peg Streep, co-author of "Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters In Life, Love and Work," and Maryland psychiatrist Norman E. Rosenthal, author of "The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks and Imperfection."

Production help from Midday Intern Luke Spicknall.