You know me, I’m addicted to self-help books.
Some medical professionals suggest it could even lead to a blame-the-victim mentality and actually be dangerous to those suffering from serious illness or mental disorders.
That’s my number one hatred of the whole "mind over matter" philosophy. There are just some things you can’t will away, and you can make yourself crazy trying.
I know from experience.
You can’t just will away every illness. Positive thinking is great and all that, but just think how guilty a sick person feels, how inadequate and how much of a failure they feel when they can’t will away their illness.
It can get worse.
Psychotherapist and lifestyle coach Stacy Kaiser said that after reading "The Secret," several patients have worried that it was their fault they were abused, or laid off from their jobs.
For example, the book dismisses conditions such as a genetic predisposition to being overweight or a slow thyroid as "disguises for thinking ’fat thoughts.’ " And during times in which massive number of lives were lost, the book says, the "frequency of their thoughts matched the frequency of the event."
But she was especially upset about a portion of Byrne’s DVD in which a woman claims her breast cancer was cured without radiation or chemotherapy; the woman watched funny movies and had faith that she had already been healed.
I do believe in the power of positive thinking, and I do believe there is some merit in the law of attraction. Maybe some people are able to cure themselves with a special, mental talent.
I just believe we should be a little more careful about claiming The Secret to be the ultimate answer. And we definitely should be careful not to imply that if you can’t cure yourself or bad things have happened in life, you’re not doing it--whatever it may be--correctly.