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What disappointed you about Rethinking Positive Thinking?
This is a case of an author starting with a conclusion and produce "research" that supports the conclusion. At least she admitted early in the book that she was having a difficult time getting her research published because the scientific community would not take it seriously.It might be easier to take it seriously if there were more diversity in the research groups that she chose. Considering that most of her subjects seem to have been college age females it is easier for me to conclude that this model might work for them rather than to make the leap to saying that this model would work for the public at large.That said, I bought this title because I agree with the premise: Positive thinking alone without a plan of action is not likely to get you very far. However, this concept has been widely developed by the serious thought leaders in the self help arena for many years. One of my favorite examples of this is Tony Robbins telling an audience "I am not going to tell you to go into the garden and chant 'there's no weeds'. I want you to recognize the weeds and pull them out". In contrast, this entire book seems aimed at one self help film called The Secret, wherein Jack Canfield and others appear to be telling people that all they have to do is hold an image in their heads and they will get the object of their desires.Aside from all of this, there was a useful concept that I was able to share with my 9th grade son in regards to meeting his goals. It is useful as part of the goal planning process to identify obstacles that stand between you and your goals and develop an action plan for dealing with them.
Would you ever listen to anything by Gabriele Oettingen again?
It is not likely that I would listen to this author again.
What three words best describe Karen Saltus’s performance?
Inappropriately enthusiastic, self-serving
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
This book helped me achieve my WISH of finding a solid alternative to positive thinking and "Just Hang In There" cat posters. It's written by an academic so there is a lot of focus on reviewing study after study. It drives the point home that you can rely on these techniques to get your desired OUTCOME. However it can also get a bit tedious and I found myself tuning it out after a while. A major OBSTACLE is the narrator whose reads in the classic "self-help" style. The one that is cloying, ever chipper, and breathlessly effervescent whether talking about organizational tips or suicide. Maybe I listen to too many podcasts and author read works, but I like a more relaxed and authentic reading of the material. That being said I PLAN to listen to this title again in the future to refresh and reinforce the techniques of WOOP. The message is that good.
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