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Optimism, Positive Thinking and Self-Help Books 
30th-Nov-2010 08:06 pm

Do you believe that optimism or positive thinking makes a difference in the outcomes in a person's life?


Which of the following self-help books have you read?

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield
The Seven Spiritual Laws by Deepak Chopra
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
Feeling Good by David Burns
The Love Dare by Alex and Steven Kendrick
None of the above
1st-Dec-2010 05:35 am (UTC)
Yes it makes a difference, as in it makes things worse. It's sort of like self-esteem; if you build yourself up to think that you're the greatest, it really hurts when you realise this isn't true.

The glass is neither half full nor half empty. It's simply twice the size it needs to be.
1st-Dec-2010 05:39 am (UTC)
This is where a happy medium comes into play. Hope for the best, but be realistic about it. Expecting the best sets you up for disappointment, true, but expecting the worst can also lead into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

That said, of the books on this list I've read, I regard them as little more than commercialist bullshit hogwash in the guise of "pep talk." XD
1st-Dec-2010 11:39 am (UTC)
If you (that is I) think you're rubbish and should never bother because you're going to fail at anything more than completely menial stuff, positive thinking can change things. For me, thinking 'I am the greatest' is as bad as thinking 'I am the worst', but trying to get my head around 'I am ok' is something I'm aiming for.
1st-Dec-2010 06:25 am (UTC)
if you're optimistic and think positively, you're way more likely to take action and take risks that could yield positive results than a person who gives up before they start.
1st-Dec-2010 11:41 am (UTC)
I really liked 'Always in the kitchen at parties' by Leil Lowndes.
1st-Dec-2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
I just try not to think about things and go about life as I can. Hopefully things will sort themselves out (with a little nudge here or there from me). I'm always pleasantly surprised when they do.
1st-Dec-2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
I think trying to think positively or not letting yourself get mired in negative thinking can be helpful, but all that "self-help" new age crap is just rubbish.
2nd-Dec-2010 12:06 am (UTC)
One person's rubbish is another person's treasure I suppose.
11th-Dec-2010 02:53 am (UTC)
I think it makes a difference if you look for opportunities and keep trying at life, but pretending negative things are positive when it makes a situation more difficult isn't going to help.
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