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Self-Help Fails #1 – Magical Thinking

Magical ThinkingI’m introducing a new social media series: Self-Help Fails. It seems to me that a great deal of the self-help advice out there is baloney, dangerous baloney. It’s dangerous because many people try to adopt it and end up damaging themselves. At best, they do themselves no good. At worst, they cause themselves serious harm.

There’s one common factor in all this bad advice: It creates or intensifies an inner conflict. It puts people at war with themselves. It encourages people to approach themselves with violence instead of love.

This is fail number one, Magical Thinking.

Examples:

  • The Secret
  • Law of Attraction
  • Think and Grow Rich
  • As a Man Thinketh
  • The Power of Positive Thinking

Why is this a fail?

  • It doesn’t work!
  • Waste of energy
  • Source of frustration
  • Makes your mind a battleground

Click for the rest of the self-help fails series.

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