Can thinking positively really help you change your life for the better? Many psychologists believe so, but studies by psychology professor Gabriele Oettingen indicate that the “power of positive thinking” has its limits and may actually inhibit success. In this detailed analysis, Oettingen offers persuasive evidence revealing why good thoughts alone won’t help you accomplish your goals, and she examines what strategies will help you make progress. getAbstract recommends this article to those struggling to move forward on important life and career goals.
In this summary, you will learn
- How “positive thinking” affects people,
- Why positive thinking alone won’t help you accomplish your goals and
- How visualizing obstacles, as well as hoped-for outcomes, can lead to greater success.
About the Author
Gabriele Oettingen is a psychology professor at New York University and the University of Hamburg.
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