I was once writing a very critical article about this for a local newspaper in Austria - I interviewed an expert of sects and esoteric for it and he claimed that such ideologies are very dangerous and cause most of the time more harm than happiness to people - yes, positive thinking does help a lot and optimism is important for a healthy, long life and self-actualization - but in his opinion (and I agree with him), such "self-help-books" are not always good - just one example: A person who has cancer might think it's her/his fault because he wasn't thinking positive enough etc. (It can get quite dogmatic...) - that's of course really stupid. I mean, wishing alone isn't helpful at all - you really have to work hard to recieve success and so forth, unless you just have good luck. And it's impossible to always think positive, I guess. Well, whatever - the point is:
Both articles (and I think both are greatly written in my opinion) claim that Gaga was/is a huge fan of this method(s). To me, this seems highly likely - but are these sources reliable? Maybe I should re-think my criticism - I mean it has worked for her obviously LOL. But just visualing things won't help - you really have to do much and not just imagine it and so on (which she did/does and I'm very glad about that...).
What are your thoughts on this? What do you think of "The Law of Attraction" and similar concepts? Personally, I think it's "pseudoscience" and there's no evidence alone for it at all and I'm still very sceptical + critical about it, since personal experiences are always subjective etc. - I do believe that positive thinking and believing in yourself does help a lot, yes - but not more. I think it is exaggerated and comes with happy coincidences too - but as I wrote, some people are believing in this so much that they get sick of it since it doesn't work for them, logically. If it would really work for everyone, we all would be probably billionaires and extremely happy... (These books are bestsellers though...)
Sorry, I'm always writing so much. I will stop now. Thanks for reading!