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A Word to the Wise...,
This review is from: The Secret (Hardcover)
I am commenting on The Secret as a clinical psychologist who specializes in how cultural and spiritual beliefs affect health as well as the author of a book about converging science and mysticism to navigate our personal journey. First, The Secret is a compilation of opinions from a group of professionals in several fields, rather than a book by the author. It would be more accurate for Ms. Byrne to present herself as the editor, rather than the author of the book. Having said that, it is important to distinguish between wishful thinking and mind-body science. Although the concepts expounded in the book are beautiful examples of what we could achieve if we explored our potential, it leaves the reader with "feel-good" platitudes, by failing to convey that simply wishing something does not attract anything other than expectations that lead to disappointment. As a scientist, I have seen the mind bypass biology in miraculous ways, but this does not happen by just wishing and waiting for "the laws of attraction" to work. Instead, change requires honoring commitments, not blaming others for our failures, assessing the self-sabotaging that surface when self-esteem is compromised, and realistically defining goals.
The success of this book shows how hungry we are for someone to tell us that change happens magically without having to confront our demons and without taking responsibility for the life we created with our actions.
While I wish Ms. Byrne the greatest success, I want to caution the reader that if "wishful thinking" does not attract what you want, do not blame yourself, because it was only thoughts without action.
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Initial post: 19 Jun 2009 22:20:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jun 2009 22:21:03 BDT
Ralf Scheidemantel says:
brilliant review, thank you very much.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2010 20:26:47 GMT
Strega da Portobello says:
brilliant and right to the point!
im on the same boat!
Posted on 17 Aug 2012 09:23:39 BDT
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Posted on 15 Nov 2012 16:31:58 GMT
Tariq Khan says:
I have read this book and I fully agree with your comments. I disagree with Byrne's comments that we attract into our lives what we think, this assertion is flawed. If that was the case, it would be interesting to hear Ms. Byrne answers when asked did the children in Hiroshima attract being bombed? Did children in care homes attract being abused by thinking? Sit on your back side do no work and think about earning lots of money, go to a job centre and these people can be seen in droves! I think Dr Mario's comments are much better than the book and is a complete waste of time and money.
Posted on 10 Dec 2012 12:17:07 GMT
Jonathan Coleman says:
Good advice indeed!!
About to buy the book but would absolutely endorse the premise that nothing ever happens unless you get out there and DO IT!!!
Posted on 7 Jan 2013 14:15:30 GMT
C. Pendlebury says:
Self sabotage when self esteem is hurt... is that like when I play darts and I am trying hard but get a bad score... and then destroy any chance of progress by purposefully throwing bad darts the next go like a baby having a tantrum... is that what this means?
Posted on 18 Jun 2013 16:02:08 BDT
I spent 15 minutes flicking through this repetitive and ridiculous book. The reason people achieve things is not because they wish for them and the Universe hands them out; it's because they act on their wishes.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2014 21:51:59 GMT
E Rogers says: