Soapbox Issues

Law of Attraction

For those of you who think I’m going to talk about relationships, think again.

It’s something I heard recently through a friend. Apparently, if you want something badly enough, it will happen because the universe will make it so. All you have to do is think about it over and over.

Me, being the sceptic and cynic that I am, obviously had something to say against it. To put it bluntly, sitting on your arse and wanting something is probably not going to make it happen for you or me or anyone on this planet.

Coincidently, I heard about the same thing on one of the morning shows on television some mornings ago. The host had a bunch of ‘experts’ to talk about it — they included an astrologer, a psychic, a dream coach and a passion procreuter (God alone knows what that is!!). Anyway, seeing that, my scepticism about the whole thing was only justified. These airy-fairy mumbo-jumbo new age stuff shits me all the more because some of these people try and make it sound scientific. A law of attraction? And then using scientific jargon to assert their unscientific point of view?

Apparently, it’s also the similar theme on which the Secret is based upon.

Now, I’ve learnt about the use of imagery in achieving your goals and I can understand how that would work. To an extent. In goal-setting research or performance anxiety research, individuals are made to visualise or image their situations as exactly as they can. For instance, say you are worried about an upcoming interview, imagery would involve you having to imagine what you are wearing, going to the interview, shaking hands with the interviewer and so on and so forth. It doesn’t say you will get the job. All it does is help you manage your anxiety during the interview.

On the contrary, this new-agey bullshit seems to claim that if you want something all you have to do is keep saying it to yourself every day and hey presto! You got what you asked for.

If that’s the case, how come I never got married to Adam Gilchrist??? Or how is it that I see myself as being skinny but I’m not? 😛 Having said that, I am willing to bet all my money that these new-agey theorists would say since it was something impossible, it wasn’t ‘valid’ in the first place. They will have their explanations for things that don’t work. Don’t they all?

What concerns me though is, given how un-critical some people can be, how many of them are actually falling for this kind of crap? I mean, I know Oprah made a big deal about the Secret. And judging by the number of people watching Oprah, you can bet your bottom dollar, they will swear by what she says.

To cut a long rant short, I think if you want something really bad, and actually set goals or work towards getting it, you have a shot at being successful. Not by just repeating it to yourself and having the universe do the rest for you.

What do you think?

How many of you are into all this new-age stuff? And for that matter, has anyone read the ‘Secret’ or any of the other stuff on these topics?

And finally, has anyone ever had something they badly wanted because the universe made it so??

Until next time,


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  • tearsndreams
    17 April 2009 at 10:46 pm

    In one word- Bull Shit!
    There will be enough people to lend it credibility though! Wishes do come true. So all these people will say, its because of the law of attraction. The ones whose wishes didn’t come true “oh well! they didn’t wish hard enough”

  • Ersa
    18 April 2009 at 12:43 am

    I agree.

    It just doesn’t make sense to me. Simple. How can just sitting in a corner reciting my wish list over and over to make it a reality? I’ve never ever gotten anything I badly wanted without hard work / struggle. Anyway….

    This is my first time here. Nice blog. 🙂

  • Psych Babbler
    18 April 2009 at 11:22 pm

    @ TearsnDreams: You’re so right…there’s always excuses if someone’s wish doesn’t come true. Or in this case, their affirmation! 😛

    P.S. in response to one of your earlier comments re coming to Sydney…I always’s a small world! 🙂

    @ Ersa: Welcome and thanks for commenting! And yes, you hit the nail on the head…it’s only hard work that pays!

  • Lilly
    20 April 2009 at 2:54 am

    I agree its BS as well. That woman who did the Secret is a clever businesswoman. Clever. Isn’t the the premise really that we just have to think positively about life and therefore as a result we make different choices. The sad bit is Oprah got on the band wagon with all of this. How will it help some poor kid in the slums. Oh thats right I watched Slumdog Millionaire too. Nice story but this kind of fairy tale happens once in a blue moon. Shyte I am cynical too…I never knew you had this blog too. I really like it.

  • Psych Babbler
    23 April 2009 at 11:46 am

    @ Lilly: Yeah…she really is a clever businesswoman. I don’t know much about the Secret to be honest but the Law of Attraction is basically about having positive affirmations and positive stuff happens. With the Secret and what you’ve said, the cynic in me goes…sometimes we need to think a little bit negatively to make a good choice as well. What say? I mean, if we were too positive, we could end up making an impulsive decision…whereas worrying about outcomes and being negative could help us end up with a safer choice. 😛