Talk:Law of attraction/Archive1
Bah. They lifted that thing right off Foucault's Les Mots et les Choses. Amateurs. --AKjeldsen 17:57, 24 May 2007 (CDT)
To be much fairer than such a notion probably deserves, the human brain does have a limit to its perceptive abilities, and paying attention to a given idea or goal will make it easier to notice around you. --Gulik 18:00, 24 May 2007 (CDT)
- That was my attitude before I watched the The Secret DVD. This is far far past the (defensible and maybe even true) notions that "positive thinking will make you happier than negative thinking will" and "having confidence you can meet a goal will help you do so". This is literally (okay, I'm paraphrasing because I don't want to watch the thing again, but I swear I'm not changing any meaning or implications) "My mail used to be full of bills. I visualized getting checks instead, and it worked -- instead of bills, I now get checks in the mail." and "I visualize getting good parking spaces, and it works every single time". Not to mention the "nobody understands electricity" bit. --jtltalk 18:47, 24 May 2007 (CDT)
- I'm thinking very hard about the Conservapedia servers' processors melting… --Marvin the Paranoid Android 11:24, 2 June 2007 (CDT)
Just a re-hash ...
Law of Attraction just seems to me to be a re-hash of autosuggestion popular about a century ago -- it was called Coueism. Named after the man which popularized it: Émile Coué.
Émile Coué (February 26, 1857, Troyes, France – July 2, 1926, Nancy) was a French psychologist and pharmacist who introduced a method of psychotherapy, healing, and self-improvement based on optimistic autosuggestion.
The application of his conscious autosuggestion, "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better" (Tous les jours à tous points de vue je vais de mieux en mieux) is called Couéism or the Coué method.
The Coué method depended on the routine repetition of such expressions, according to a specified ritual, at the beginning and the ending of each day.
- Sure sounds like it - hey, you ought to bring that up at the WP article, too, if no one has! Feel free to add these tidbits if you can figure out a way to section them in... ħuman 00:51, 15 August 2008 (EDT)