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Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation by Gabriele Oettingen (2014-10-16) Hardcover – 1807
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So why not spare you the credentials I may possess to review this book? Why not forego all the background information that would lend credence to this review? The people who will find this book useful would probably read it anyway, those close-minded individuals most likely won't even make this far to order in the first place.
"Rethinking Positive Thinking" is probably one of the best self-improvement tools to come about thus far. It's unfortunate that it has to compete with so much non-evidenced based material. And there are some who are trying to confirm this and initially believe that around 80% of all self-help books are not tethered to any evidence and as much as 95% of internet based self-help have no evidence whatsoever to back it up. But then, that's trying provide "credence" for this book isn't it?
I could probably bypass the first two-thirds of the book which is support for WOOP, but I'm glad I didn't. For me, it helps to create a knowledge base to draw on once I started using the WOOP method. It solidifies how to use it for the most part by giving examples of what worked and what did not. The last third of the book is the how-to, fortifying the WOOP method and emphasizing not to rearrange the order of doing "wish/outcome/obstacle/plan" (WOOP).
Here's my thought - Most people have wasted a LOT of time on trying to find out more about themselves and their place in life. Only to realize a year later, a decade later. . . a lifetime later, that they either dropped the method or it simply fizzled out. WOOP is the real deal. Always allowing you to re-tweak your ideas (wishes/dreams) and then go at it again. I have followed a lot of stuff and this is the first one that I'v used and have had immediate and successful results. And that's about all you have to know.
Her research is solid, and extensive. In a very respectful, yet thorough, manner she has tested the reigning concept of optimism and find it is coming short of its promise. Yes, people need it, and for some it gives them reason to continue under dire circumstances, however people stay the same, because "dreamers are not often doers." This highlights the one missing component in optimism: the doing part energised by optimism. In the same way her exploration of positive fantasies is excellent: when do we do them "successfully" and what is needed to go from dreaming to action.
She offers practical, sometimes totally counterintuitive, options for being practical and achieving goals from our daydreams. The last sentence in her introduction: "all from a single, counterintuitive question: What holds you back from realizing your dreams?" is the challenge she set herself, and us the reader.
The method, called "mental contrasting" is offered clearly and reliably. She has researched this in multiple contexts, so it is not just another "name" not validated by good research. Mental contrasting is the element that completes the formula: optimism-action-results, or realizing the focus of your optimism. Of course, there is her simple and powerful acronym W-O-O-P that makes it just so easy to remember the core of the method, and in itself is a formula for success.
A good work, that reads comfortably even though there are solid research and plenty of references for the person hungry for the back-story. The references are placed outside of the scope of the main reading, but of course easily accessible through the electronic link of the kindle version.
I plan to use the ideas of Dr. Oettingen not just as a coaching tool for my one-on-one work, but also for group work when I facilitate strategy or optimizing team-functioning.
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This book devoted the first 2/3 or so to explaining in plain English the authors scientific body of work...Read more