How can anyone seriously believe in positive thinking?

Question by Clueless: How can anyone seriously believe in positive thinking?
Positive thinking is deceptive more or less by definition. Over the course of your life, you are confronted with different realities: some positive, others much less so… Making your perception unconditionally positive is willful ignorance at best, denial at worst, self-deception by any other name. Worst of all, it stops you from doing any real problem solving because it doesn’t let you acknowledge the problem in the first place. It’s often combined with “just be yourself” platitudes. You know: do the same thing, expect a different result.

Some “positive thinkers” will make a disclaimer and say it’s not denial or that they discourage denial, but in practice, you can go through the list of issues you’re dealing with, and they will invariably deny, whitewash or sugarcoat every single one of them.

Positive thinking hurt me in the past. Big time. I had very, very real problems. I followed the advice, and things started to get progressively worse, in a downward spiral. It took me a while to recover, and I had to go against “what the doctor ordered”, acknowledge the issues and change myself quite significantly (i.e. habits, behaviors, communication style, personal style) to better fit the world’s expectations. I had to acknowledge the basic fact that people aren’t wrong to have expectations that go against what I’m used to and that I have them too.

And yet, when I discuss any current issues (minor ones in comparison), positive thinking is all I get – even after pointing this out.

How can anyone believe it? How can others consciously lie to themselves and not see through their own lies – even when reality shows itself? How can I argue with that if everyone believes or pretends to believe it so fervently?

Best answer:

Answer by lala
Positive thinking is not living in denial and in lies of real life fact

Positive thinking is ;;; you look the present with wide open eyes and you get the better of it
Here a example that I live 39 yrs ago

I lost a still born baby [ full term ]
Its no small cake for a mother
because we had live together for months
So ;; yes I did cry and yes I was mad at God
and yes : I was mad at my body
but
I took the decision to not stay in this dark place

I knew I could get prego easily ;; so I said to myself

OK as soon as possible I will get pregnant again
and I did just that [ this is positive thinking ]
I had another baby
he was a boy

this boy now is a doctor

but If I had choose to pity myself and deny this lost
I would have stayed negative
Facing the reality is ALWAYS the best way to deal with ANY problems
but ; you do not need to go in a dark place and stay there

so its a choice ;; being realistic and positive
or being in denial and stay negative

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I dont but it may help .

I know a person that centere there life around postive thinking .I feel that positive thinking is good but I do not believe that a milions postive thoughts will change my situation .I feel that my actions along with my postive attitude help create a better path for myself.If postive thinking alone could change my life I think millions around the globe would be rich some believe in lotteries ,church and a miracle to happen .Good things I feel happen not because they where meant to be but because action was taken ,I feel there are no such thing as a coincidence ,or predertermined event .A felon can decide to be a garbagfe man but if the system says no you cant your postive thinking is of no avail.We do not control our lives as it may seem ,some get lucky and prosper others with all there psotive efforts and actions fail.Karl Marx spoke about the stage of over production.I hope that the workers and oppressed people to take head to the writtings of Marx and other comrades that sought to make the world better .While the world is full of negavity and bad news .I believe that commting to social actions and being kind to people is key to making the world a better a place.

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Answer by hannah
it doesnt hurt, that when times are bad, they dont give up. i dont mean that they dont give up on a failing business thats just dumb, but they are resourceful and try to make a failing business into a good one or dont lose hope when something can be done!!

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Do Atheists believe in Positive Thinking?

Question by St. Toad: Do Atheists believe in Positive Thinking?
Or is an attempt to influence reality by having a good attitude just another delusion?

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Answer by icarus62
We, of all people, believe in cause and effect, so yes of course we do.

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