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Benefits of Counterfactual Thinking

  • Counterfactual thinking makes us look at the events from multiple angles, making us mentally experience it from a different spectrum.
  • Thinking with a counterfactual bend of mind boosts creativity in solving future challenges.
  • It helps the thinker store important information that could impact the analysis and solutions of future events.
  • A non-linear, non-mainstream way of thinking avoids the usual pitfalls of anger, anxiety, fear and grief when things go wrong. This sort of action-oriented approach comes with a positive bend of mind and a desire to do something, instead of getting stuck in an endless loop of worry and anxiety.

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Counterfactual Thinking

Thinking in a counterfactual way is a non-mainstream mode of thinking about the alternatives of a present situation or turn of events.

It means imagining possible alternatives to events that have already happened; something that is contrary to what really occurred.

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The Importance of Self-Reflection
  • It improve self-awareness.
  • It allows you to understand and see things from a different point of view. 
  • It allows you to respond, not react.
  • It facilitates a deeper level of learning.
  • It improves confidence.
  • It makes you challenge your assumptions.

According to John T. Reed the famous book is filled with bad advice:

Dangerous advice

  • "If you're gonna go broke, go broke big"
  • Convinces people that college is for suckers

Law-breaking advice

  • Advocates committing a felony: have rich friends for trading stock based on non-public inside information, he says "That's what friends are for."
  • Recommends tax fraud by deducting vacations and health club dues
  • Brags about using a partner weasel clause in which his cat is his partner