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Book review: You Can't Afford the Luxury of Negative Thoughts
A well written self-help book 'You Can't Afford the Luxury of Negative Thoughts' is equally good for teachers, psychologists, parents, professional and individuals who are interested in self-development and wish to improve themselves and those in the sphere of their influence.

According to Peter McWilliams, author of the book, positive thoughts related to joy, happiness, fulfillment, achievement, worthiness, etc., provide positive outcomes such as enthusiasm, calmness, well-being, ease, energy, love, etc.

On the other hand, negative thoughts related to judgment, unworthiness, mistrust, resentment, fear, etc. produce negative results such as tension, anxiety, alienation, anger, fatigue, etc.

“Positive thinking, as taught and practiced by many people, is not as dangerous as negative thinking, but it has its downside,” further says Peter McWilliams in his book.

According to the author, thoughts can be powerful, however, they are not all-powerful, and, therefore, there is a need to combine thoughts and actions, or else the positive thinker will be isolated from reality.

Positive thoughts are often wrongfully glorified by linking them to optimism. To strengthen his argument the author quotes Voltaire as: “Optimism is a mania for maintaining that all is well when things are going badly.”

The author goes to the extent of asserting that the separation between the positive thinker and reality can be cause of disorientation, confusion and, eventually, illness.

The author validates his position by quoting Shakespeare as: “The apprehension of the good gives but the greater feeling of the worse.” Thus, positive thinking unless followed by action is useless, underlines the book.

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