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Monthly Archives: January 2010

“Psycho-Cybernetics,” Maxwell Maltz, and Self Image

“Psycho-Cybernetics” is a book written in 1960 by plastic surgeon Maxwell Maltz. Dr. Maltz stumbled onto an interesting phenomenon: while in most cases “a person who had a conspicuously ugly face or some ‘freakish’ feature corrected by surgery experienced an almost immediate rise in self esteem… in some cases, the patient continued to feel inadequate…inferior…continuing […]

WSJ: Thinking Happy Thoughts at Work?

The Wall Street Journal has gone New Age. Or maybe Wall Street is finally just catching up with the wisdom of our grandparents. In a January 26, 2010 article, the Journal reported that business is embracing the positive psychology movement, which focuses on “instilling resiliency and positive attitudes” in lieu of traditional psychology, which can […]

Positive Thinking vs. Magical Thinking

Thinking will NOT make it so. Or at least thinking will not automatically make it so. Positive thinking will not robotically make your troubles go away. Sorry. However, things DO turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out. My point? There is a BIG difference between positive thinking and […]

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