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Book Review- You Can't Afford the Luxury of Negative Thought: A Guide to Positive Thinking
The authors of the book 'You Can't Afford the Luxury of Negative Thought: A Guide to Positive Thinking' say that their book is for those who are afflicted with one of the present day primary diseases called 'negative thinking'. They also call people inflicted with this disease as 'negaholics' in their self-help book.

The book is off-beat. The authors, John Roger, John-Roger McWilliams and Peter McWilliams, maintains that negative thinking is always expensive that drags us down mentally, emotionally, and physically. And, hence a luxury that is life-threatening. According to the authors, to make progress, three things are necessary - a thought, a feeling, and an action since together form the pyramid of life.

According to book published by Thorsons, negative thinking wears us down and makes us powerless. It cautions that the longer you leave negative thoughts untreated, the worse they will make you feel. And then, it will be certainly harder for you to recover if you do become ill, informs the book.

This 315-page book has two sections. In the first section titled 'The Disease and The Cure', the authors describe the disease of negative thinking and advices that one needs to spend more time focusing on the positive things in life; spending less time thinking negatively; and enjoying each and every moment you can. Human have the ability to respond to negative thinking.

In the second section, the author makes a case against "Positive Thinking" by quoting Volitaire who wrote that optimism was a mania for maintaining that all was well when things were actually going badly along with the advice, suggestions and techniques of positive thinking.

The authors describe certain situations and their consequences in which all three components are not working together.

  • If we have a thought and a feeling, but no action, we are just spinning our wheels.

  • If our thoughts and feelings are negative, this combination usually becomes worry, depression and frustration.

  • If the thoughts and feelings are positive, they become just unproductive positive thinking.

  • If we have a feeling and an action, but no directed thought, we've like a powerboat without a rudder. Then, there is no logical, rational direction. This happens a lot in addictive behaviour.

In view of the foregoing, author asserts that a physical action is required to make the thought and feeling tangible. If any of the sides of a pyramid of life is missing, it becomes a meaningless life and the life structure collapses. If we do not combine thoughts, emotions and actions, we cannot accomplish what we wish to accomplish.

Being a self-help book it has a lot of inspirational quotes along with the discussion on the issue that how our thoughts form our reality. The positive thinking techniques described in book include meditation, visualization, affirmations, etc.

The book also emphasizes the need for cultivation of an attitude of gratitude and practicing forgiveness. Many suggestions are related to training in life skills which even school curricula are advocating.

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