I found a great piece over at NexusNewsFeed.com (link is below). It questions whether positive psychology is actually so “positive”. With affirmations “I’m rich,” or “I feel good,” are you not, in fact, telling yourself you are not rich or don’t feel good in yourself? I think so.
The Problem With Positive Psychology
Can you really solve all your problems with a smile? Can you find the strength to look at the beauty of this world when your mind is a mess?
Let’s take a look at the main recommendations that are supposed to shift your mindset toward positive thinking:
- Remind yourself that you exist for a purpose and everything happens with a purpose.
- You will achieve what you want if you visualize success.
- You’ll do better without toxic people around you. They disturb your focus and transfer their negativity onto you.
- A single quote on a beautiful background can trigger the good in you.
- Your mind has the power to convert negative emotions into positive ones.
- When you’re weak, you need a reminder to love yourself.
- With a positive approach to life, you’ll be a happier, more harmonious person.
When you’re feeling a bit low, you can keep saying to yourself: “I’m strong. I’m beautiful. I have a purpose. People need me. I can make things happen.” This approach will convince you to turn the TV off, get off that couch, and do something with your life. However, when we’re talking about serious problems, positive psychology can’t help you solve them. In fact, this approach has a dark side: Instead of leading you to a solution, it enables you to keep ignoring your problems.
Positive psychology books are not complete nonsense. Your thoughts have an effect on your actions and your complete well-being. The approach — that’s the real problem. You can’t change your life by reading a book and repeating positive affirmations. Even the slightest personal change is a whole process. If we’re trying to change our whole mindset from a negative to an affirmative, we’re looking the greatest challenge of our lives right in the face.
We do SHIFT (major transformation) in Supernoetics®. But it takes time and much deeper insight than the “think positive” idea: SelfHelpLaboratory.com