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A New Book on the Downside of Positive Thinking

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

A quote from London Telegraph website…

Smile Or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World, sets out to demolish the “distinctive American ideology of positive thinking”.


I’m not sure what’s in this book, but at last, there is an attempt to counter-balance the entrenched view that ‘positive is always good’.

Working in the natural therapies and ‘new age’ fields, I see the downside of ‘the power of positive thinking’ all the time – to the extent of people on the verge of financial ruin, a friend who nearly ended up in a court case or serious illnesses not being dealt with realistic or direct approaches.

It seems to me that positive thinking is commonly misused – with actual reality being swept aside and replaced by a more cheery tone.

Only by facing up to and working with your reality, in it’s ‘raw and unaltered’ form that you can move forward in a positive way. The trick to ‘thinking positively’ is not to replace your thoughts with ‘better’ ones… but to get to the bottom of why you think like you do in the first place.

I agree with the author, there is a positive thinking illness out there – it’s one of the reasons that this newspaper is about ‘practical spirituality’.

The amount of people who stress themselves because they ‘must think positively’ is astounding… what I mean is that many, believe if they don’t ‘keep up the pace of positivity’ that they will ‘go backwards’ in life.

It is horrible to witness; people censoring their thoughts and feelings and filtering the ‘negative’ thoughts and feelings that they need access to.

More later…


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