“ The Secret ”
Isabella Amberstone Drob
Montclair State University
PSYCHOLOGY OF AJUSTMENT
March 19, 2013
“The Secret” is an amazing movie about the Power of Attraction. It has to do with scientific principles, psychology, patterns, philosophies and the power of the mind. The movie basically says that whatever thoughts you focus on and put out there, you attract.
The law of attraction states the theory that anything and everything you want to attract in life, love or experience, you’ll attract in theory, the movie implies that we control everything. The movie theoretically suggests that everything we do is a product of our mind; that you have the power to attract anything at any given time.
The movie features writers, doctors, scholars, mathematicians and others, who speak of their opinion on the “Law of Attraction”. Though not completely as diverse as they could be those who spoke about “The Secret” had valid opinions and good life.
Your mind has over 60-70,000 thoughts per day, according to the movie, but I think it’s more like 100-140,000 thought per day, especially if you have an overactive mind like mine. Depending on what you gear your feelings, your attention, and your thoughts towards, which is what you manifest. Your body is a physical representation of your mentality and is a metaphor for your existence. The movie sends a message of your consciousness and your ability to attract the positive in life depends on your feelings, and if you’re focusing on what you want to attract. Whatever you focus your energy on, you’re attracting.
The biggest criticism that id like to address is of The Secret's assertion that victims are always to blame for whatever happens to them. Whether it's a rape victim, a tsunami victim, or a heart attack victim, “The Secret” states that they brought it upon themselves with their own negative thoughts. This idea is, of course, profoundly offensive in many ways. In my opinion “The Secret” is factually wrong, specifically, the movie claims that quantum physics supports and explains the "Law of Attraction". This claim sounds reasonable to the normal person because attraction sounds like magnetism, which is a real scientific thing, and any mention of the term quantum physics sounds scientific enough to be acceptable to the normal everyday person. In fact, scientifically speaking, that statement is completely meaningless and it has nothing to do with physics. In fact, the closest analog I can find in science is that like charges repel one another, they do not attract. But we're talking about "thought energy" here, so we've already left the realm of real science and are in the world of metaphysics. Since metaphysics is a philosophical invention with no connection to real physics, either quantum or classical, you can pretty much say whatever you want and there is no scientific way to respond to it. Thus, The Secret's claim to have roots in quantum physics is meaningless, yet it succeeds. Now, it's probably important to point out that there's nothing wrong with positive thinking, and usually nothing terribly helpful about negative thinking. People with positive attitudes tend to be happier and more personable. People with negative attitudes tend to bring other people down or get blown off. In this sense, having a positive attitude is good. The important line to be aware of is the division between fantasy and reality..