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Zitate zum Thema Positives Denken / Positive Thinking

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  • Der Optimist erklärt dass wir in der besten aller möglichen Welten leben und der Pessimist fürchtet dass dies wahr ist. James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Quelle unbekannt

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  • Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream. Lao Tzu (604-531 BC) Chinese sage, philosopher, founder of Daoism, author of Tao Te Ching [The Book of the Way], source unknown



Narrow and broad approach – Carl Gustav Jung – 1950s
The West is always seeking uplift, but the East seeks a sinking or deepening.  
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, author, R. F. C. Hull, translator, Psychology and Religion. West and East
Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 11
, paragraph 396, 1938, Princeton University Press, 2nd edition January 1975
  • Some critics of positive thinking have advised people to discard all happy talk and "get real" by dwelling on the challenges or obstacles. But this is too extreme a correction. Studies have shown that this strategy doesn't work any better than entertaining positive fantasies.
    What does work better is a hybrid approach that combines positive thinking with "realism." Gabriele Oettingen, Ph.D., US American professor of psychology, New York University, University of Hamburg, author, The Problem With Positive Thinking, presented by "Sunday Review", Gray Matter, 24. October 2014



  • Life is wonderful from time to time, but it’s also tragic. People die in our lives, we lose them, if we have only been accustomed to being allowed to have positive thoughts, then these realities can strike us even more intensely when they happen – and they will happen. Svend Brinkmann (*1975) Danish professor of psychology,  department of communication and psychology, Aalborg University, author, cited in: Article "Positive thinking" has turned happiness into a duty and a burden, says a Danish psychologist, presented by US American online portal Quartz, Olivia Goldhill, 4. March 2017


  • Studies have shown that the ability to embrace your negative feelings can provide a slew of benefits. Those who accept all their emotions without judgment tend to be less likely to ruminate on negativity, less likely to try to suppress mental experiences (which can backfire by amplifying these experiences), and less likely to experience negative "meta-emotional reactions,"1 like feeling upset about feeling upset. Or, as the authors of a recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology put it: "When people accept (versus judge) their mental experiences, those experiences run their natural – and relatively short-lived – course, rather than being exacerbated." […]
    We tend to valorize the pursuit of positivity, while ignoring or dismissing the importance of a well-rounded emotional experience. Happiness, the thinking still often goes, is the absence of negativity rather than the acceptance of it. But the research says otherwise – you can't always control your emotions, but you can control how you respond to them. Article You’ll Be Happier If You Let Yourself Feel Bad, presented by the US American women's magazine The Cut, Cody Delistraty, 28. August 2017


Critique on positive psychology

  • What the researchers don't help us to understand - and what will be essential to understand if we are ever to substantively broach human vitality – is how positivity ratios also appear to correlate with destructive human tendencies. For example, a growing body of research appears to suggest that what the researchers call high positivity – a disposition to pleasant, grateful, and upbeat feelings – is also correlative with a dimension called "positive illusion" (relative inaccuracy regarding reality); and that negativity (or what is generally characterized as mild to moderate depression) is correlated with relatively greater accuracy concerning reality. These findings, moreover, also appear to square with recent correlations between highly positive people and suppressed psychological growth, inability to self-reflect, and racial intolerance. Article by Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., US American leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology, Toward a Humanistic Positive Psychology: Why Can't We Just Get Along? Why Positive Psychology should be a branch of Humanistic Psychology, 29. November 2010, excerpted from book Awakening to Awe. Personal Stories of Profound Transformation, Jason Aronson, Inc., 20. August 2009


Critique on positive psychology

  • Positive thinking is simply the philosophy of hypocrisy – to give it the right name. When you are feeling like crying, it teaches you to sing. You can manage if you try, but those repressed tears will come out at some point, in some situation. There is a limitation to repression. And the song that you were singing was absolutely meaningless; you were not feeling it, it was not born out of your heart.   Osho [Bhagwan Sree Rajneesh] (1931-1990) Indian professor of philosophy, controversial guru, founder of the NeoSannyas movement, A Zen master explains why "positive thinking" is terrible advice, presented by The Power of Ideas, 12. May 2017

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Link between one's acceptance of negativity and one's well-being. Those who accept their negative feelings are, on average, more psychologically healthy and report less intense negative feelings.

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Positive thinking is a form of social control. Former president George W. Bush was a positive thinking cheerleader, unwilling to allow doubts being expressed around him. In 2003 Condoleeza Rize had doubts about the US invasion of Iraq. Since nobody close to GWB was (allowed) to express a non-positive attitude i.e. doubt, she did not speak up. ––– Minute 7:17


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Anhand der Skala des Bewusstseins (Gradeinteilung von 1-1000), erarbeitet von Dr. David R. Hawkins, hat die dualitätsgebundene Denkweise des Positiven Denkens einen Bewusstseinswert von 499 . Innerhalb von Hawkins' System rangiert Positives Denken im Bereich von maximaler Genialität als Meisterschaft von Verstand, Intellekt und Logik.
Quelle (engl.): Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, Kapitel 17 "Spiritual Truth'', S. 398, 2005



1 When you don't like what you feel: Experiential avoidance, mindfulness and meta-emotion in emotion regulation, presented by Research Gate, March 2009

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