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In our days, there is a broader, widespread and fashionable tendency in psychology,
or rather in popular psychology: the idea that we always get (or attract) whatever we think, that in one sense through our so-called “thought-forms” (of cognitive content) we are able to selectively draw to ourselves elements from our surroundings.
Consequently, if I think positively, if I am an optimist, I shall attract events that are good for me…
So, it is said, if we change what we think, then we will affect the field around us and also change the people and the situations that we draw to us.
If I firmly believe that I will succeed in something, rather than fail, then my belief will draw what I need towards me and I will succeed.
By the same strange logic, with not the appropriate or with negative thoughts we condemn ourselves to failure! In any case, some believe that we are the ones who by our thoughts lay out the road ahead of us at will.
There seems to be a widespread idea that if we want something with all the power of our being, the universe will conspire to give it to us …
I most certainly disagree,
and I do not mind being seen as a heretic with regard to such faddish, epidemic ideas.
I think that we often place exaggerated emphasis on the need for positive thinking and optimism because we desperately need to do something to cope with our deep existential agonies.
Indeed, we do so to a point where this forms a kind of new ethic.
However, the only result is to strengthen the wall that separates us from our non-conscious “Shadow”; in there, our terrifying ontological agonies can be isolated from awareness, well hidden behind our illusion of controlling things with the power of our mind.
Personally, I take a quite different view of seeing things…
this text is an excerpt form my 2nd book translated in English “Shadow: our silent companion through life’s journey”
*** “The Hereticals” is a series of live videos that I do in fb and I upload also here, in my web-page, as well as in my channel in You Tube.
*** All of “The Hereticals” are on concepts that I think are horribly abused by internet, social media and pop-psychology (love, forgiveness, interconnectedness, positive thinking, the power of our thoughts, etc).
*** I do not claim at all that what I say about such concepts is any kind of “truth”, I only present my personal approach.
NOTE: All of “The Hereticals” are based on and refer directly or indirectly to the theory and philosophy underlying Gestalt therapy and especially its existential aspects.