In Praise of Thinking Realistically
By Lori Hope
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.