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The solution isn't to do away with dreaming and positive thinking Rather it's making the most of our fantasies by brushing them up against the very thing most of us are taught to ignore or diminish the obstacles that stand in our way So often in our day to day lives we're inundated with advice to think positively From pop music to political speeches to commercials the general message is the same look on the bright side be optimistic in the face of adversity and focus on your dreams And whether we're trying to motivate ourselves to lose weight snag a promotion at work or run a marathon we're told time and time again that focusing on fulfilling our wishes will make them come true Gabriele Oettingen draws on than twenty years of research in the science of human motivation to reveal why the conventional wisdom falls short The obstacles that we think prevent us from realizing our deepest wishes Review Update A lot of people find this book helpful And I would feel really bad if someone who would otherwise benefit from this book did not read it based on my negative review As I try to make clear in this review My issues with the book are mostly stylistic And the review was intended to be humorous I personally didn't like the book But it appears to be useful for a lot of other people So please don't let my rant prevent you from reading itOriginal ReviewOnce in a while a book comes along that makes you want to stop reading books This one was one of those for me It wasn't horrible It was ok But something about it drained me of my will to live Honestly I can't entirely blame the book I think it may be my annual bout of seasonal affective disorder doing the talking or perhaps tax season has me feeling down or global warming or some other completely unrelated thingI know I sound like I'm trying to let someone down easy It's not you it's me But I'm honestly willing to entertain that possibly At any rate as should be readily apparent by this point I didn't really dig the experience of reading this book and to be honest I'm not altogether certain why The author Dr Gabriele Oettingen seems like a nice enough person She's a psychology professor at New York University and the University of Hamburg That's pretty cool rightHer idea is pretty cool too She wanted to know if positive thinking had any kind of beneficial effects on motivation and accomplishment Her initial research found that positive thinking can actually have a kind of ironic rebound effect where you become less motivated and less likely to take action That's pretty neat too rightAfter a bunch studies she came up with a little life hack that she calls Mental Contrasting that might be a better way to go if you actually want to achieve your desired future Mental Contrasting involves first positively fantasizing about your desired future eg lose 20 pounds and then mentally elaborating on the obstacles that stand in the way eg love of cake Apparently imagining the future and then imagining real life obstacles highlights the fact that wait for it in order to realize the wished for future one has to actually overcome the obstacles that stand in the way eg to lose weight I have to uit eating so much fuckin cake I guess that focusing on the obstacles and the goal helps people set realistic goals or something Who knew rightShe boils the whole thing down to a really actually painful little anagram WOOP which stands for wish outcome obstacle planWOOPOk I think I just figured out what at least one of my problems with this book is She says WOOP like 10000 times I'm sort of gaging as I write this I guess it really bothered me Wow good to knowThe other thing that bothered me is that I don't feel like I learned anythingSo let me get this straight You wish for something you think about the outcome you imagine the obstacles and then you make a plan Doesn't every one already do thisIf you didn't already do this I could see how adopting this strategy would be helpful But dangalang who doesn't already do thisAnyway Other people seemed to like the book So again maybe it's just me The Space Mavericks isn't to do away with dreaming and positive thinking Rather One Deadly Sister (Sandy Reid Mysteries, it's making the most of our fantasies by brushing them up against the very thing most of us are taught to One Deadly Sister ignore or diminish the obstacles that stand Hafiz of Shiraz: Thirty Poems: An Introduction to the Sufi Master in our way So often Être heureux ce n'est pas nécessairement confortable - 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Plans and gain energy to take action In Rethinking Positive Thinking Oettingen applies mental contrasting to three key areas of personal change becoming healthier nurturing personal and professional relationships and performing better at work She introduces readers to the key phases of mental contrasting using a proven four step process called WOOP Wish Outcome Obstacle Plan and offers advice and exercises on how to best apply this method to daily life Through mental contrasting people in Oettingen's studies have become significantly motivated to uit smoking lose weight get better grades sustain fulfilling relationships and negotiate effectively in business situations Whether you are unhappy and struggling with serious problems or you just want to improve discover and explore new opportunities this book will deepen your ideas about human motivation and help you boldly chart a new path ahe The book is useful and to the point but I didn’t like the audiobook performance at all The voice and tone suited a toothpaste ad much better than a psychological study refuting the claims about the marvels of positive thinking and proposing a sensible techniue instead So I recommend you read the book instead of listening to the audiobook

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Can actually lead to their fulfillment Starry eyed dreaming isn't all it's cracked up to be and as it turns out dreamers are not often doers While optimism can help us alleviate immediate suffering and persevere in challenging times merely dreaming about the future actually makes people frustrated and unhappy over the long term and less likely to achieve their goals In fact the pleasure we gain from positive fantasies allows us to fulfill our wishes virtually sapping our energy to perform the hard work of meeting challenges and achieving goals in real life Based on her groundbreaking research and large scale scientific studies Oettingen introduces a new way to visualize the future called mental contrasting It combines focusing on our dreams with visualizing the obstacles that stand in our way By experiencing our dreams in our minds and facing reality we can address our fears make concrete This was a Goodreads giveawayI read through the book not page by page word by word but some chapters in their entiretyIt is an advance copy so there are a lot of typographical errors Some of them are hard to ignore For example the word obstacle is written on every single chartdiagramgraph as obsticle For a research based text that's hard to just overlookIn general though I like the suggestions given Essentially if we want to reach our goals or achieve our dreams and wishes we have to be realistic It's not enough to be optimistic I can be positive about losing weight visualize myself as a supermodel tell myself You can do it all while sitting on the couch eating bonbons I'll never reach that goal no matter how upbeat I am about itInstead the author suggests a WOOP strategy First clearly identifying your goal the WwishNext clarify the Ooutcome What do you hope to achieve by reaching your wish The second Oobstacles or obsticles as the case may be What might be getting in your way The key here is to be realistic and identify the obstacles ahead of time When you hit them as you most certainly will you'll be prepared for them Which takes us to the PPreventovercomeseize opportunity Oettingen suggests 15 20 minute visualization activities to work through the process and to actually write the WOOP plan down so it is tangibleThis portion of the book and her examples of successes using the strategy were interesting I know that I am guilty of negative self talk; rather than thinking about how I can get past something I focus on the I can't


10 thoughts on “Rethinking Positive Thinking

  1. says:

    Review Update A lot of people find this book helpful And I would feel really bad if someone who would otherwise benefit from this book did not read it based on my negative review As I try to make clear in this review My issues with the book are mostly stylistic And the review was intended to be humorous I personally didn't like the book But it appears to be useful for a lot of other people So please don't let my rant prevent you from reading itOriginal ReviewOnce in a while a book comes along that makes you want to stop reading books This one was one of those for me It wasn't horrible It was ok But something about it drained me of my will to live Honestly I can't entirely blame the book I think it may be my annual bout of seasonal affective disorder doing the talking or perhaps tax season has me feeling down or global warming or some other completely unrelated thingI know I sound like I'm trying to let someone down easy It's not you it's me But I'm honestly willing to entertain that possibly At any rate as should be readily apparent by this point I didn't really dig the experience of reading this book and to be honest I'm not altogether certain why The author Dr Gabriele Oettingen seems like a nice enough person She's a psychology professor at New York University and the University of Hamburg That's pretty cool right?Her idea is pretty cool too She wanted to know if positive thinking had any kind of beneficial effects on motivation and accomplishment Her initial research found that positive thinking can actually have a kind of ironic rebound effect where you become less motivated and less likely to take action That's pretty neat too right?After a bunch studies she came up with a little life hack that she calls Mental Contrasting that might be a better way to go if you actually want to achieve your desired future Mental Contrasting involves first positively fantasizing about your desired future eg lose 20 pounds and then mentally elaborating on the obstacles that stand in the way eg love of cake Apparently imagining the future and then imagining real life obstacles highlights the fact that wait for it in order to realize the wished for future one has to actually overcome the obstacles that stand in the way eg to lose weight I have to uit eating so much fuckin cake I guess that focusing on the obstacles and the goal helps people set realistic goals or something Who knew right?She boils the whole thing down to a really actually painful little anagram WOOP which stands for wish outcome obstacle planWOOPOk I think I just figured out what at least one of my problems with this book is She says WOOP like 10000 times I'm sort of gaging as I write this I guess it really bothered me Wow good to knowThe other thing that bothered me is that I don't feel like I learned anythingSo let me get this straight You wish for something you think about the outcome you imagine the obstacles and then you make a plan Doesn't every one already do this?If you didn't already do this I could see how adopting this strategy would be helpful But dangalang who doesn't already do this?Anyway Other people seemed to like the book So again maybe it's just me


  2. says:

    Previous review update belowIt gets five stars because the book presents a useful and uniue techniue for thinking about challenges and thinking about goals I've been experimenting with the techniue for about a week now with promising results Highly recommended to people who are striving to achieve goals in their livesUpdated reviewI have now been using the mental contrastingWOOP techniue that is presented in this book for than four months It has been very helpful and I now use it every day at least once I believe this is a revolutionary techniue which may take awhile to become known because it is so uniueNote about many of the less positive reviews here on GoodReads It seems that many of them are from readers who were sent a copy as part of some book previewing program From their reviews it looks like they were seeking entertainment or a literature experience This book is phenomenal for those who are looking for tools to fire up their goal achievements It is not entertainment nor is it literature If someone is not actively looking for improved tools to think about and implement goals then they are not likely to enjoy reading through chapters about research and science I do not think these people are the intended audience and it is too bad they were even sent books in the first place A bad decision on the publisher's part probably


  3. says:

    Don't get fooled by the bad reviews most of those are from people that got the book from a giveaway so they didn't have a desire or motive to buy it I give 5 stars to this because of its clear view of how positive thinking works if you want to use it by exploiting the brain's ability for mental contrasting It's not only about having desires setting goals or thinking about how to achieve it's the specific process that works I see from the reviews that many people have missed that Sure the book could be better written however this does not affect its value Many people get impressed by The Secret and numerous other similar books on The Law of Attraction or whatever the universe does to help you get and achieve but not many books give proven techniues to do so and this is one of them a good one indeedGet the book try the process it's very easy actually just needs some discipline and then you can write your review here for other people to see


  4. says:

    This was a Goodreads giveawayI read through the book not page by page word by word but some chapters in their entiretyIt is an advance copy so there are a lot of typographical errors Some of them are hard to ignore For example the word obstacle is written on every single chartdiagramgraph as obsticle For a research based text that's hard to just overlookIn general though I like the suggestions given Essentially if we want to reach our goals or achieve our dreams and wishes we have to be realistic It's not enough to be optimistic I can be positive about losing weight visualize myself as a supermodel tell myself You can do it all while sitting on the couch eating bonbons I'll never reach that goal no matter how upbeat I am about itInstead the author suggests a WOOP strategy First clearly identifying your goal the WwishNext clarify the Ooutcome What do you hope to achieve by reaching your wish? The second Oobstacles or obsticles as the case may be What might be getting in your way? The key here is to be realistic and identify the obstacles ahead of time When you hit them as you most certainly will you'll be prepared for them Which takes us to the PPreventovercomeseize opportunity Oettingen suggests 15 20 minute visualization activities to work through the process and to actually write the WOOP plan down so it is tangibleThis portion of the book and her examples of successes using the strategy were interesting I know that I am guilty of negative self talk; rather than thinking about how I can get past something I focus on the I can't


  5. says:

    Way too many research examples in this book After muddling through the research background examples and results the main points of book come at the very end Main points could be summed up in a couple pages and are rather common sense Psychology research students might find this book interesting; I just found it long and drawn out I'd like to know who funded the years of research Maybe the author should get kudos for securing so many years of research funding


  6. says:

    Wish To finish this bookOutcome I will know about the fallacies of positive thinkingObstacle When a book is long winded at times due to numerous discussions of research results I tend to want to mark the book as read and refer to information on the internetPlan If a book is long winded at times I will listen to the audiobook at 2x speedVoila I think I've got it


  7. says:

    The book is useful and to the point but I didn’t like the audiobook performance at all The voice and tone suited a toothpaste ad much better than a psychological study refuting the claims about the marvels of positive thinking and proposing a sensible techniue instead So I recommend you read the book instead of listening to the audiobook


  8. says:

    Books like The Secret make me cringe big time I am very much an optimist but positive thinking is not the best strategy in life It doesn't work because you have to constantly think about it And according to the research Oettingen presents in this book positive thinking can often hinder a person instead of motivate himher to take positive action in achieving their wishes In fact multiple scientific studies prove this Oettingen gives you an alternative mental tool called WOOP which stands for wish outcome obstacle plan to help you achieve your goals By identifying your wish outcome and the inner obstacles that stand on the way of these desires you can then create an action plan to achieve your wishes I immediately tested out WOOP and what I love about it is that it forces you to dive in deeper inside yourself to identify your true internal obstacles granted that you're 100% honest with yourself For example I identified feeling lazy as one of my obstacles to achieve a certain desired wish and outcome It's the urge of not wanting to push myself to think or to take action because of wanting to rebel against structure So what we're really talking here is feeling bored The plan then is to get out of my comfort zone whenever I feel lazy What I really need to rebel against is falling into a rigid routine that bores me not the work itself it's the approach I enjoyed this book a lot and will be using WOOP as a tool on a regular basis Highly recommended


  9. says:

    This was a good examination of the 'positive thinking' mindset and it turns around everything you think you know Research shows that positive thinking isn't the motivational tool you thought it was Oettingen builds the case that unfettered positive thinking is counterproductive making you less likely to complete the task She build a case for WOOP an acronym that stands for Wish Outcome Obstacle Plan By examining what you desire what stands in your way and how you can effectively overcome the obstacle you can power up your motivation and ability to accomplish almost any desire be it weight loss money issues or a work problem I'll be attempting this techniue and hoping to increase my results at work and home


  10. says:

    Could have been condensed into 3 chapters but the takeaway was a good one focus on your obstacles and you'll overcome them


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