04-Oct-2011, 01:26 PM
(04-Oct-2011, 07:54 AM)arvindiyer Wrote: Steven Novella reviews recent psychology studies and proposes a 'naturalistic explanation' for 'The Secret', along with important caveats.
In context of the following line from this article
Quote:The general principle seems to be – that it is better to be optimistic than pessimistic
Aren't we forgetting about a third option - indifference for the FUTURE result?
I have read tonnes of articles that talk about positive thinking and similar things but never understood how they really work. A more naturalistic/scientific attitude, I guess, should be to weigh cost and benefits and decide accordingly. And once a decision is taken, follow it. Where does "attitude towards future" really has to come in in this whole process?
To state this in more concrete terms, what does really hope mean? I think it is a term that is over-hyped just like faith or belief. Hope just means thinking that there is a possibility of getting what you want. This is a pretty straightforward statement that can be assessed easily with rational mind. Is there a possibility of success? If yes, continue with your efforts. If No? then fall to plan B.
I understand that there are a lot of emotional aspects of our brain and its very difficult to be rational when you are particularly feeling an emotion strongly, but all this can be easily circumvented with disciplining your brain. Think rationally when you can and take all the decisions. When you are in a emotional state, blindly adhere to the decisions that you had taken rationally. And this last part is very easily done if you are kind of indifferent to the result once set on a path. Once its decided that I want to lose weight, the easiest way to resist temptation is to not really think much about whether succumbing to this craving will really affect the end goal but be indifferent to it and adhere to the decision that you had taken earlier with proper deliberation i.e. to keep away from cravings.