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"If you think often enough and with enough conviction about what you want you can attract it in your life."
From a psychological perspective, this notion has some merit but there is no empirical scientific evidence supporting the law of attraction, and it is widely considered to be pseudoscience.
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"You become what you think of. Force yourself to think positive and you’re good."
"To feel better and live fully, you must let out all negative emotions."
There is plenty of evidence that venting your anger actually only makes you more angry and aggressive and increases the negative consequences of anger.
"Repeat yourself a mantra and you will eventually come to believe it and embody it."
"We have found that merely repeating positive statements to yourself does not raise ...
"Most meaning of human communication is nonverbal, so you can forget about the actual words."
This is what, in a nutshell, the Mehrabian study tells us:
"When it comes to feelings and atittudes, we get most of our cues of the speaker’s i...
"The brain can rewire and change itself, and that means that you can learn anything."
The Self-Help Lie:
"If you want to become world-class good all you need to do is put in 10,000 hours."
Why It’s Wrong:
"The more confident and the higher your self esteem, the better off you are."
That’s not wholly wrong. High self-esteem is good.
But only if accompanied by a
"IQ doesn’t matter, it’s all about how you understand and get along with people."
"The more you visualize yourself winning, the closer you get to actually winning."
"To be happy, you just need to smile."
This was actually backed by a famous study originally called in psychology the “facial feedback hypothesis” (
"If you focus on positives you will be happier and more successful. If you focus on the negative you will be unhappier."
Once the ratio hit about 11 to 1, positive emotions began doing more harm than good. Beyond that balance of positive-to-negative, Life becomes a festival of Panglossian cluelessness, where self-delusion suffocates self-improvement.
Violence ensues when people feel that their favorable views of themselves are threatened or disputed by others.
As a result, people whose self-esteem is high but lacks a firm basis in genuine accomplishment are especially prone ...
"A survey of Yale’s class of 1953 found out that people who wrote down their goals out-earned all the rest by several orders of magnitude."
Some people looked for the source of this study.
And there was none.
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Our life is what our thoughts make it.
If you want something, become what you want. Similarly, the law of attraction says we attract what we think about. Visualize your desired reality to bring it to fruition. The popular self-improvement tip has been around for centur...
Adults use the fallacy more subtly.
"If you don't support the spending bill to develop better airplanes, our enemies will think we are weak and will attack us at some point, killing millions." The person offering this argument is using psychological pressure to get agreement. Ther...
We want true explanations. So we seek explanations that remain robust when we test them against those flickers and shadows, and against each other, and against criteria of logic and reasonableness and everything else we can think of. And when we can change t...
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