The (So-Called) Secret

After posting this article, someone recommended me Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret: it is a motivational book, also available on DVD which was a hit all around the World a couple of years ago. This is definitely not my style of book, reason why I asked my friend to lend me her short 60-page version instead of the full 200-page version.

Well guys, I found it difficult to stay awake while reading the first two chapters. The basic themes “Your thoughts become things” and “The great Secret of life is the law of attraction” were repeated over, and over, and over again.

Mixed with the boredom, it bothers me that this book was marketed in such a way as to make you think that it contains THE SECRET. Yes, I’m all for positive visualization. Yes, we can attract negativity by thinking in negative ways. I am probably one of the most positive persons you’ll ever meet, but I really disliked the fact that the book promotes materialism: get that car and you’ll be happy, win the lottery and you’ll be happy, or obtain a five million dollar mansion and you’ll be happy.

But what happens if you don’t get what you asked for? Well, the author says that if your wish doesn’t come true, it’s because you didn’t really, REALLY believe it would. I agree that you have to believe in yourself, love yourself and the people next to you. Set your mind to your goals and think positive. But why does this require 200 pages? Or even 60 for that matter?

If you think about it, this so-called ‘Secret’ falls apart. What if Baseball team A’s greatest wish is to beat Baseball team B? And Baseball team B’s greatest wish is for Baseball team A to lose? They’re all following the rules of The Secret to visualize winning the game. How does the universe decide which positive thoughts to award?

It is misleading to say that if you visualize yourself in new homes or new cars, these items will magically appear with no other action needed. What about higher education? If I want to become an architect, I have to attend architecture school for about 5 years and study hard, right?

While I believe that a positive attitude is essential to pursue optimum health, it is ridiculous to say that through positive thinking you can visualize cures for terminal diseases; or to state that a person can eat all they want and, as long as they practice positive thinking, they won’t gain weight.

Take out all the examples and repetitions, and this book is about 5 pages long.

Glad I didn’t buy this book.

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3 responses to “The (So-Called) Secret

  1. Anne Uumellmahaye

    Additionally, when the author was posed with the question, “[blank] a 4 year old little girl was brutally raped are you saying she brought this on herself via negative thoughts?” the author backed her position saying in it was likely. Good to know. Pop psychology is such a bunch of horsecrap. Grrrrr…!

  2. I guess what she wanted is to “reveal” the secret of the power of human mind -which by the way I beleive is amazing-. The thing is that she went a little bit too far in her examples to make it “acceptable” by the curious/skeptic readers.

  3. Hurray for Jamie!

    Finally! It seems I am not alone in calling out people who believe this law of attraction rubbish!

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