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My rant on the “Law of Attraction”

Updated on December 28, 2012

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By now you have probably heard of the “Law of Attraction.” With all of the various books, movies, and motivational speakers out there selling the idea, it’s a little hard to avoid. This subject is much debated with the same fervor as religion.

Probably the most well known work about the “Law of Attraction” is The Secret. I hear it criticized and promoted on a near daily basis. Rhonda Byrne created the movie and book after reading numerous books and hearing statements from many influential people in history. If you are not familiar with it I recommend checking it out: What Is The Secret?

The Secret gives a “magic pill” approach to the “Law of Attraction.” They tell you to get what you desire; you have to keep yourself in the right frequency to get it. For some people this is fine. For most it is not. People go about their lives “faking it until they make it” and never make it. It’s one more form of disassociation. The Secret is good but lacks what to do if you are not able to simply side-step trauma and focus on what you want.

The Science

The science behind the law of attraction is controversial. It’s hard to show clear evidence of something so deeply internal. The facts we can look at are things like:

  • Have you ever noticed you somehow end up meeting people who think and act like you?
  • Have you ever noticed how you keep meeting people who do the things you hate most?
  • Have you ever had a string of bad relationships?
  • Have you ever had a bad day?
  • Have you ever had a really good day?
  • Have you ever noticed how your attitude, your feelings when these events are happening coincides with what is happening?

This helps to personalize and understand what people are trying to say about the “Law of Attraction.” All of these things are rather simple and don’t necessarily mean anything. Many people will tell you it is a bunch of hokum.

My Take

I like to think about the “Law of Attraction” psychologically or in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) terms. To put it simply: Your belief, your “map of the world,” determines how you see the world. The mind sorts for the things we understand or expect to see (when you are driving and you see a snake that turns out to be a stick for example).

We do not have all the answers but we do know that attitude, self confidence, and goal setting all make a huge difference for success. Let’s use these tools to better ourselves and by proxy, the world.


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