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1.0 out of 5 stars Once I put it down I couldnt pick it up again!!!!!, 4 July 2007
This review is from: The Secret (Hardcover)
I work in personal development and this book is a rehash of about thirty others. Save your money.
Self help is like self abuse....you have to do it yourself. You can wish for things as long as you like but unless you take action, nothing happens.
If you want to know what the secret is...I will tell you...
the secret is, people want to get on in life. If you tell them you can help them...they will bite your hand off. If you can dress up a lot of ideas and tips and techniques and pitch it in a style and manner that is different then people will buy it, in droves. This book is nothing more than a placebo. File it under snake-oil.
By the way, some very respected people are in this book and are quoted. Please do not think they believe it....it's a form of marketing for their own books and websites.
Cosmic ordering? Pah!
Heres an example. Sit and wish for a copy of 'the secret'. You could do that from now until doomsday and you wont get one. Order it from Amazon and youll get it next day. Thats the difference, you have to do something to get something. Thinking about it wont make it happen.
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Initial post: 22 Jul 2008 21:28:09 BDT
I think this review is well said. A personal example: After 3 years of trying to get out of a dead-end job and feeling desparate for a change, an opportunity for a career change appeared so suddenly, that I was tempted into thinking that the "Law of Attraction" worked for me... but to be very honest, if I hadn't placed some calls, asked around and didn't have the qualifications for this career change, I could sit in my office doing my dead-end job and wish for this opportunity for ever and ever... The opportunity didn't knock on my door. I knocked on opportunity's door.

Posted on 27 Jul 2008 09:34:04 BDT
A. L. Mason says:
"Sit and wish for a copy of 'the secret'. You could do that from now until doomsday and you wont get one. Order it from Amazon and you'll get it next day." Excellent! That suggestion highlights so well the fundamental absurdity underlying what Byrne & Co. peddle. Of course, in their usual blame-the-victim way, they'd just say that if the book didn't materialise for you, then that was because of a failure on your part to wish hard enough.

Posted on 30 Jun 2010 00:01:12 BDT
... the expression "snake-oil" does seem to crop up in a lot of reviews of this trash, doesn't it? I also notice that the majority of one-star reviews are being described as "helpful" by readers.

Posted on 19 May 2011 22:51:49 BDT
excellent title for a review and the review itself is concise yet says it all.

Posted on 2 Jun 2011 14:39:11 BDT
FreeThinka says:
Of course the principles of 'The Secret' wont work for anyone if not applied.
And its not about wishing for things; the Secret tells people to imagine! NOT wish, and actually it is indeed possible to imagine recieving a particular book and have a very good chance it will come to you; i have done this my self many times and its worked a treat, IE: perhaps in the way of a gift from someone or a free be.

If yuo study neuro-science and the unconscious mind then you will find there are many many well-documented cases where amazing results have transpired through imagining your desired self as in healed, earning good money etc.. and yes even a certain book coming your way.
I work in the field of neuro-science so I speak from experience.
It seems you only see negativity in 'The Secret' thus naturally it is not going to work for you & thus the law of attraction has worked for you but in a negative way.
It is clear to see from the positive reviews that 'The Secret' has transformed many peoples lives and that has to be a good thing, and the positive reviews far out way the neg ones.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2011 12:47:11 BDT
sbarrett says:
Very well said.... I believe in thinking positively, asking the Universe to help bring solutions and all I can say is, it works for me. The Secret is a way of showing people alternative ways of thinking, and to my mind, there is no harm in spreading a bit of positive thinking into a world faced with many issues. You either take it on board or not, there's no pressure.

Posted on 24 Oct 2011 18:11:40 BDT
you dont just sit and imagine what you want, you clearly have misunderstood the whole point of it. you have to put things into action with a positive thinking that you can achieve whatever you want, if you're going for a job and sayin im not going to get it, then you wont. you obviously thought you could just sit close your eyes wish for a million pounds and it will happen then said, nope this book doesnt work. lol

Posted on 26 Jan 2012 17:27:47 GMT
clare 75 says:
Different people seek different ways to move forward..
I think if you haven't got anything positive to say, its a terrible waste of energy to rant about something you don't believe in, so dont bother ay

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 21:29:32 GMT
Tracy says:
I don't mean to be disrespectful but if you can't see the underlying message of the secret/laws of attraction then, maybe you should read it again. If you do work in personal development, then you of all people should understand the power of thought, self belief, focus... the main message of these books is focus and in short, you obviously get more of what you focus on.. its logical.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2012 23:04:53 BDT
I would have to agree, why did you buy the book in the first place if you do not believe in the law of attraction
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