Positive thinking: A pseudo-scientific con!

PositiveCAUTION: POSITIVE THINKING MAY BE HARMFUL TO YOU : Promod is an MLM (multi-level marketing) business man. He also runs a business of personality development. He told me: “Positive thinking has miraculous powers. Positive thinkers are successful in life. It is a proven fact. I am a positive thinker. I read a lot on the power of positive thinking. Every day morning and before going to bed I make auto-suggestions on positive attitude.”

I asked him:”What’s your goal in life?”

“My first aim is to buy a waterfront bungalow – I am positive about it…”

“So, you are not happy now, but you will be happy in the future when you buy the bungalow. Hence you are trying your level best with positive mind-set”


“The more you are affirming that you would be happy when you get a Bungalow, an equal and opposite quantity of thoughts are being produced in your sub-conscious, saying that you are not happy now. That means, in the current given situation you are unhappy..”

“Yes- I am unhappy, that’s why I am striving to reach my goal…”

“This tells your state of mind. If you are not happy now with what you have, you will never be happy. The unhappy Promod is moving forward, not a happy Promod. So, even if you reach the destination, only the unhappy Promod will be reaching the goal.

(Excerpt from my book “MIND YOUR MIND: Turn Frustration into Fascination”
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B092ZQ5QJ6 )

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2 Responses

  1. H M Dayananda says:

    absolutely brilliant sir,From now onwards I can guide some people..

  2. anna says:

    May I copy and send this article on positive thinking to a therapist I work with on line. I can also contact you on FB and introduce you to him.
    I am so glad to have come across what you have written on Postive thinking. the person I want to send it to does NOT go for positive thinking either.

    for a while I was studying to become a life coach with a person who uses Positive thinking principles. He uses the book THE SECRET. I have seen the movie few times and immediately found it to be non sense and why so many people think that they can think themselves into owning a certain car or home seemed ludicrous to me. Yet,..many of my contemporaries were following, and still are following The Secret and doing constant affirmations. so I am happy to read your opinion. Anna

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