Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Does affirmation work?


Over the last few years, and especially since the release of The Secret, the Law of Attraction has been gathering followers around the globe. What you think about and focus on is what you get, and all that. Well a lot of people believe in it, although I for one have my own opinion of what's actually going on.

A big part of the process seems to be around 'affirmations'. You know, you get up in the morning and say: "Every day in every way I feel better and better." And your brain is supposed to take that message on board and make it real. Repetition is the key. Then there's 'afformation' - that's the same thing except you use a question to turbo charge the message, because the brain always goes searching for an answer when posed with a question - apparently.
So, your afformation might be: "Why is it that every day in every way I feel better and better?" - then your brain goes off to find answers that fit.

What a load of old horse poop I hear a lot of you say!

Maybe, but consider this observation (not mine), studies on criminal behaviour have found that most criminals started out in their youth, and although at the time they knew it was wrong and actually felt guilty about it, if they continued, they found those feelings fell away to be replaced with thoughts of acceptance. "What else could I do with my background?" or "If you'd had my upbringing you'd have turned out this way." etc. The point being the long term exposure to the idea inevitably makes it acceptable in a criminal's mind.

Maybe this is why it's so hard to rehabilitate a long term habitual criminal.

So if it works in the negative like that surely it can work in the positive too!

In the end what have you got to lose by doing affirmations, afformations, mantras etc.? You could have everything to gain.

for now

Be Inspired


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  1. Interesting stuff! I find it difficult to remember to say this thing every day but when im getting a bit angry or ill i say to myself "i feel fine" etc and if you stick with it then yeah it does work!
    like you've already said - there is nothing to lose. and hey if you feel silly saying it why not just laugh at yourself - thats another one to blog about methinks! I feel laughing at yourself prevents me from blowing up when im in a bad mood lol yes it does actually work!!

  2. It's accepted that kids brought up being told how useless they are struggle to achieve - what's that if not an 'affirmation' forced on another?

    That horrendous NSPCC add where the young girl is slapped around the head sums up that scenario. But it happens to a lesser extent to most children and if parents are not careful that programming sticks.

    Contrast that with people who despite no exceptional talent, seem to excel (or think they excel!) at most things. We probably all know at least one person who fits this mould and certainly the people I know like this have been brought up with the message that they can do anything they want.

    How many entrepreneurs are interviewed who say that they were determined and focussed on achievement? I see no difference between focus and determination and the newly coined 'affirmation' that helps people focus on their goals.

    I believe that 'energy follows intention' so if affirmations help people focus it has to be a good thing.

  3. Excellent points - I suppose the more silly you feel saying affirmations the more ridiculous the situation seems and the more you can laugh at it! I hadn't thought about the negative reinforcement that some parents inflict on their kids, makes even more sense now. Get affirming - this time with feeling. :)