On Tuesday, Beyond Words author Garret Kramerposted the following article on his blog expressing why he feels positive thinking is actually negative. Needless to say, it sparked a lot of discussion around the office.
On the surface, it seems counter-intuitive to think that positive thinking could be negative. We wanted to hear your thoughts on his position. Below is his blog on the subject. You can learn more about Garret's position and his book, Stillpower, on his site garretkramer.com.
As many of you know, in my mind, affirmations (or trying to think positive) don’t work. In fact, they work against you. Because so many readers have expressed surprise at hearing me say this, this week I’ve decided to list my reasons, one by one. So, here are my nine reasons why if you believe in positive thinking—you might want to think again:
There’s my list. Let me know what you think or if you have questions.
Obviously, pointing readers inward, to an understanding about the principle thought—not to trying to control thought—is a very important component of my work. I look forward to continuing the discussion.
P.S. If you’re wondering about thought being random and meaningless, look at it this way: Have you ever had a thought about something and then had a different thought about the very same thing? Well, which thought is meaningful?
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