Archive for January, 2006

Beyond Self-Delusional Positive Thinking

Friday, January 27th, 2006

A common criticism of positive thinking is that it’s self-delusion.  Images of Saturday Night Live’s Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley come to mind:  “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!” I happen to think this criticism is perfectly valid.  I don’t do daily affirmations or recommend them to others because I think they’re a […]

Goal-Free Living

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

I recently read the book Goal-Free Living by Stephen Shapiro.  The main reason I read it is that I’m a big believer in the benefits of setting goals, and the title of this book obviously suggests a different approach.  When my wife asked me why I was reading such a book, I told her, “I’m reading it because […]