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This review is from: The Secret (Hardcover)
A friend leant me this book with the best of intentions. It contains some of the stupidest and most unsubstantiated claims about human thoughts I've ever read.
Yes it's true that many people go around in a negative mindset, which is unhealthy. We should all aspire to lead a positive thought-life (though this seems to require more effort in some folks than in others). Some modern psychotherapists would even claim that the connection between positive thoughts and general wellbeing is a recent discovery. Sorry folks, it's old news! Indeed it's been known for millennia (ref Philippians 4:8 written circa AD 61). As a general rule, our lives will move broadly in the direction of our most dominant thoughts. So yes, if you're struggling with an illness then focussing on the recovery rather than the condition will "set the tone" for your subconscious mind. No-one is disputing that.
Why this book loses all its credibility is the candour with which the author dismisses ALL other forces in the universe. For example, she would have her readers fantasise that you can ingest a large number of calories and remain slim merely by "thinking". Duh. Hello? With respect, this is balderdash! A calorie is an amount of energy required to heat a substance to a particular temperature. If you eat three mince pies you'll ingest about 1,000 calories. You can't eat 3 mince pies and ingest only 200 calories merely by "thinking". Get real!
The Secret is probably helpful material for anyone who lives in a fantasy world. Otherwise, save your money!
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Initial post: 30 Mar 2008 19:31:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Mar 2008 19:42:08 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2008 18:45:56 BDT
D. Nicolle says:
No it is not "highly plausible" that thought affects how many calories a person expends. The basal metabolic rate is affected plausibly by genetics, diet and frequency, type and intensity of exercise done.
What was it you were saying about making assumptions about how things work...?
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2008 23:28:45 BDT
A. Macdonald says:
Just to mention about the calorie intake thing, in Paul McKennas book "I can make you thin" it states that it is a mental state of making sure you think about how you eat and what you eat.
One person may put on weight by eating the same thing as someone else because of how they eat. They guzzle it down, see it as a comfort thing etc. that is what needs to be addressed, how the person eats. You can't just think about not putting on weight you have to understand it.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2008 18:17:11 BDT
Irish Critic says:
Strange that my most controversial review also happens to be my most helpful - 34 out of 39 people as of 12 April! Maybe tonight I'll go to bed "THINKING" of being engaged to Beyonce Knowles or Lucy Punch and when I wake up she'll somehow magically appear in the bed ;)
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2008 11:01:37 BDT
Danny Sigma says:
It's funny, but I went to bed last night thinking that the world would be a much better place if books like this and the idiots who read and believe them didn't exist. Imagine my surprise when I logged on to Amazon this morning and found it still there...
Posted on 28 Jul 2008 16:10:17 BDT
Thank you. (And you're right about the calories, btw!)
Posted on 5 Sep 2011 15:35:12 BDT
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