Sociologist Albert Amao analyzes the accuracy of self-help and positive-thinking claims in this groundbreakingand wholly unexpectedexploration of what works, what doesn't, and why.
"Regarding my personal experience," Amao writes, "I can testify that positive thinking and positive action have worked wonderfully for me. Born in a poor Latin-American country into a very impoverished family with both parents practically illiterate, I was the oldest of five children. I started working when I was six years old, shining shoes and selling newspapers to help my family. Nobody then would have believed that I would be able to finish high school. Nevertheless, I was able to do it going to night school, which allowed me to be admitted at the San Marcos University in Lima to get my Ph.D. in sociology. All these things were possible because, when I was teenager, I had access to New Thought," or positive-thinking philosophy.
Contrary to the critics who blithely dismiss self-help methods, or the New Age gurus who sell it them as miracles, Amaowriting with sobriety, scholarship, and drawing on deep personal experienceexplores the conditions under which self-help is authentic.
Related collections and offers
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Read an Excerpt
Excerpted from "Awaken the Power Within"
Copyright © 2018 Albert Amao.
Excerpted by permission of Penguin Publishing Group.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Table of Contents
Foreword Mitch Horowitz xiii
Part 1 Self Help and Positive-Thinking Movements
1 Overview of the Self-Help Movement 3
2 Overview of Positive Thinking 23
3 Making Sense of Self-Help and Positive Thinking 42
4 The Fallacy of the "Power of Now" 56
5 The "As If" Principle and the Power of Assumption 81
Part 2 Self-Help and Self-Healing
6 Self-Help and Therapeutic Suggestions 91
7 Christian Science and Collective Suggestion 105
8 Exploring a Scientific Rationale of Self-Deception 116
9 Religion and Placebo Healing 130
10 Faith Healing and Mass Suggestion 137
Part 3 The Oneness of Life
11 The Mental Universe 147
12 The Will to Create 158
13 The Qabalah and the Quaternity Principle 174
14 The "I Am" and the Power of the Lost Word 186
15 An Existential Question: Who Am I? 205
Epilogue: A Metaphysical Answer: You Are a Magician 216
About the Author 261