POSITIVE THINKING OR “MENTAL CONTRASTING”?
– eliminate negative self-talk (or be more realistic? Or a combination of the two?)
– positive self-talk often hinders us – according to the Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society), such positive self-talk fools our minds that we have already attained our goal, thus slackening our resolve and readiness to pursue our goals
– positive self-talk mantras abound in our western pop culture
– social psychology research in the area of attaining goals, shows it is better to have a balance of positive thinking (wishing where you would like to be, combined with then realistically appraising the evidence regarding the obstacles & challenges that are on the oath ahead to those goals)
– this the author calls “mental contrasting”, & he cites research which supports better achievement of goals & greater energy levels to pursue and plan for the attainment of those goals, noting the need for these goals to also be realistic & achievable.
– this the author says demonstrates the need for balance between positive thinking & realistic appraisal.
Note: the Author is a professor of psychology at New York University & the University of Hamburg (his book is called Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation)