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The Secret [Import] [Hardcover]

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER LTD; 1St Edition edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847370292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847370297
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author Rhonda Byrne, like each of us, has been on her own journey of discovery. Along the way, she brought together a superb team of authors, ministers, teachers, filmmakers, designers, and publishers to bring forth The Secret to the world, and through ver vision, bring joy to millions.

(Rhonda Byrne, al igual que muchos de nosotros, ha seguido su propio viaje de descubrimiento. En el transcurso del mismo, ha logrado reunir a un fenomenal equipo de escritores, ministros religiosos, cineastas, dise????adores y editores para que El Secreto viera la luz y para que su visi????n transmitiera felicidad a millones de personas.)

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4,534 of 5,052 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Review "They" Don't Want You To Read March 6, 2007
Catchy review title? Thought so. Robert Cialdini, renowned psychology researcher and author of Influence: The Power of Persuasion (perhaps the best book ever written on the subject) identifies six basic rules employed by politicians, advertisers and scam artists alike to persuade others. Each of them are employed quite adeptly by Rhonda Byrne in this book.

Cialdini's first principle is SCARCITY; people want what's expensive, exculsive, or otherwise attainable. Byrne's mastery of this principle is clearly shown by the very name of the book: The Secret. We all learned this the first week of kindergarten as we felt the jealousy of watching two classmates, hands cupped over ears, sharing a secret out of earshot.

This message is reinforced throughout the book and its advertising campaign which pitches "The Secret" (whatever it actually is) as jealousy-guarded information hoarded by the happy, wealthy and successful. Whenever someone tries convincing you of something, whether it's a way to make enormous sums of money, to lose weight, etc - be wary of when it's pitched as "the knowledge THEY don't want you to have." Think about it - everything from the "secrets that Wall Street doesn't want you to know" to "uncovered - celebrities' secrets to staying young" are phrased not simply to pique your interest but to make you jealous. Appeals to our emotion are far more powerful than appeals to reason, and Byrne demonstrates mastery of this principle throughout "The Secret."

Cialdini's second principle is LIKING. We like those who like us, and in turn, we do business with them.
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1,596 of 1,784 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reaches Too Far, Oversells, Underdelivers January 1, 2007
I think a book like this, which makes some really big claims, should, roughly, do the following:

1) Present it's premise clearly

2) Since it's a self-help book explain clearly what you need to do

3) Provide compelling evidence that it's ideas work

4) Be credible.

The book does a decent job of explaining its premise, which is that everything in your life is the result of the law of attraction. I quote, "the law of attraction says like attracts like, so when you think a thought, you are also attracting like thoughts to you." In other words, think good thoughts and good things will come to you and if you think bad thoughts then bad things come to you. I've simplified this a bit but not a whole lot as the concept isn't rocket science.

Now, does this book explain clearly what you need to do? Actually, for a self-help book it does a very poor job of this. How do you control your thoughts? What kinds of practices and thinking produce the best results? The author and contributors basically tell you a bunch of stories about how "so and so did something and you can too by changing your thinking".

And that's it for the "how to" part of the book. There isn't any.

Now, if I wanted to prove something worked from a scientific perspective it would seem to be easy to test this stuff out. You take two groups of people, teach one the secret, let the other go on with their lives and see what happens. In theory those that know the Secret would be happier and more successful than the control group. It might not be perfect but it'd be a whole lot better than what we get in this book. But, of course, you'd have to have an actual methodology to test.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Can I Give It No Stars? March 20, 2007
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This isn't a book, it's a collection of silly bumper stickers. I think its basic premise is even harmful: that we can control what happens to us -- EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO US -- with our thoughts. Have a disease? You caused it by negative thoughts. Are you poor? You caused it by negative thoughts. Do you want to be Miss America? Well then, just THINK it, because even if you're a 50 year old, ugly, humpbacked, obese MAN, then you WILL be Miss America, because you send out that Positive Energy into the Universe. What a ripoff. Step right up folks, and fork over your $14.95. You won't be able to make things happen with only your thoughts--but you will definitely help make Rhonda Byrne really, really rich.
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920 of 1,038 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a best-seller; folly of the masses June 25, 2007
This book was given to me as a gift on father's day. I started reading it the way I read any book but soon I started reading faster and faster, more like scanning, with speed-reading techniques, and finished it in 2 hours, while taking notes at the same time.

I have no interest in self-help books or concepts like power of positive thinking. This book combines the two, with the main thesis being that the "secret" to anything in life, wealth, health, success, love, romance, happiness is positive thinking, thinking positive thoughts. More specifically, imagining things that you want to have and really, truly believe that you already have them, and feel good about having them now!

For example, if you want to be rich, you should first imagine that you are already rich; second, you should really believe that you are already rich; and third you should feel yourself in a rich life style, feel happy about it. If you keep doing this for awhile, miraculously the doors of wealth will open to you, all the opportunities will line up at your door and you will be well into your way to becoming that rich person you are imagining. Similarly, if you want to loose weight, you should imagine yourself in your ideal weight, really focus on that, only allow yourself "thin thoughts" and avoid "fat thoughts", and you will get thin. I quote; "if someone is overweight, it came from thinking fat thoughts". Another one; "Food cannot cause you to put on weight, unless you think it can."

I felt like putting a smiley face right after the last sentence as I am smiling now, and was smiling throughout the book. All you have to do is just ask (oh, and believe, and feel) for the thing you want and lo and behold, thou shalt have it! I quote: "Make a command to the Universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering ideas! Puts you in a positive state of ...
Empowering ideas! Puts you in a positive state of mind and most of the time that is really all you need to make your dreams come true.
Published 1 day ago by Suzie
3.0 out of 5 stars Concept a bit cultish
I only read this out of curiosity because of the Jodi Arias trial. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone too impressionable.
Published 3 days ago by Marilyn J. Commins
1.0 out of 5 stars You've read this pathetic excuse for a motivational book
"If you want something, just think about it reeeeaaaaalll hard." There. You've read this pathetic excuse for a motivational book.
Published 3 days ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
exceptional book. It really makes u think about things diferently.
Published 3 days ago by ana de jesus
5.0 out of 5 stars More than expected
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Published 3 days ago by Lou Ann Costello
3.0 out of 5 stars While it was a good read, it was not that great
For daily dose of positivism, here's for you. While it was a good read, it was not that great.
Published 5 days ago by Kim Gwan
5.0 out of 5 stars you'll either do like I do
If you haven't read this, do so. If you have, you'll either do like I do. Buy it over and over to give to friends, or re-read to fresh up your spirit. A life changer.
Published 5 days ago by kris thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I originally thought I stumbled onto this book by accident one day. I know now that it was no accident!! What a wonderful, inspiring book. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Angela Chambers
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