The Secret: Is It the Real Deal?
A theory about the power of positive thinking draws adherents -- and controversy.
It Can't Hurt -- or Can It?
"It tends to blame the victim -- the one who didn't think
correctly," points out Neil Fiore, PhD, a Berkeley, Calif.-based
psychologist and author of Awaken Your Strongest Self: Break Free of Stress,
Inner Conflict, and Self-Sabotage. "It can cause people greater stress
by worrying if they're causing cancer by having the wrong thoughts and
According to Fiore, The Secret makes people afraid of their genuine
emotions of depression/sadness and anger/upset. "This is just wrong and
counter to the research on the benefits of expressing difficult
"negative" emotions and the negative effects of stoically acting as if
you're being positive."
Published March 2, 2007.