In Praise of Thinking Realistically
Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? If so, you're not alone. Many maintain that by harnessing the power of belief, laser-focusing your mind, and visualizing positive results, you can create anything you want, including good health.
Best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich not only disputes this, but she calls it dangerous and delusional. In her new book, Bright Sided: How the Relentless Pursuit of Positive Thinking has Undermined America, Ehrenreich posits that telling others they just have to think positively belies a compassion deficit. It's like telling someone you don't want to hear their whining.
"The failure to think positively can weigh on a cancer patient like a second disease," writes Ehrenreich, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Ehrenreich's not against positive thinking. She's for realistic thinking - seeing things as they are, or "getting real," as I call it. Need convincing? Read on to see how getting real can help, encourage, and maybe even heal you!
Lori Hope is a medical writer, editor, and author of the top cancer support book, Help Me Live: 20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know. Learn more at www.LoriHope.com.