Think positive!

Are there any two words more loathsome in the English language? I’m having a tough time coming up with any, because ‘think positive!’ is one of the most pernicious, obnoxious, and frustrating memes in society and culture — and it seems to be a particularly powerful force in the United States. This is not a […]

Magical Thinking Works For You? That’s Great. It Doesn’t For Me.

People with disabilities and illnesses constantly run into what I refer to as ‘magical thinking,’ the idea that they just need to ‘think themselves well.’ These attitudes are embedded in everything from pamphlets at the doctor’s office to well-meaning advice from friends. The ‘power of positive thinking’ is touted left and right as people are […]