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the passivity of thinking positive

Why positive fantasies make dreams less likely (and +ve mantras lower self-esteem)



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

3 thoughts on “the passivity of thinking positive

  1. That made me laugh. As an old pessimist I fully (if anectdotally) concur with those findings. I have this very positive friend who is on a mission to cheer up everyone she speaks with. She’s the kind that finds something positive to say about to worse disasters. I will not be mentioning this research to her. She’d find a way of making it positive proof of a positive attitude. 🙂

  2. I could have put my husband forward for this research! He’s consistently positive and usually has all the fun he needs dreaming up his plans. Me, I’m a dreadful pessimist and rarely have time to think about anything other than the project in hand because I have so many negative thoughts to combat. 🙂

  3. I know that I’ve frittered away the energy of a story by thinking it all the way through to the end, and then having no need to write it–or the same thing has occurred through talking about it.

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