Positive Psychology, and many other schools of psychology for that matter, focuses, at least in part, on the application of positive thinking in various forms of treatment. Positive thinking has also worked its way into ‘pop-psychology’ and has spawned libraries of self help books with different techniques on how to utilize positive thinking.
Many critics of the ‘positive thinking movement’ have argued that simply inserting ‘positive thinking’ into many situations is at times ‘childish’ and impractical, and may not address the ‘realities’ of the situation or problem.
However, every problem, both big and small ones, from something as simple as solving an easy math problem or changing a light bulb, to something as complex as driving a car, or man taking flight, or putting a man on the moon, required the belief that it was possible before it was a possibility or a reality. Positive thinking, or the belief that any task could be accomplished, is therefore necessary before everytask is accomplished. The way out of any problem, is to move towards the solution, and the belief that there is a solution, always lights the way towards said solution. This is true for all problems or challenges we must overcome in life. The way out of the darkness, is always to turn on the light or to move towards the light. Therefore, if positive thinking is a prerequisite for all solutions, why not make positive thinking a habit for all of life’s problems, because spending time thinking there is no solution, is as pointless as turning off the lights to escape the darkness.
Faith, by faith I mean the faith that comes from a belief in the higher power, is positive thinking ‘hopped up on steroids.’ In church last Sunday, our pastor launched a ‘Daring Faith’ campaign and highlighted some of the benefits of faith that were not only fully aligned with my teachings as a psychologist and by beliefs about the power of positive thinking, but went beyond those teachings as it moved towards the miraculous and The Devine.
Here are a few of the highlights in his sermon:
William Gordon, PhD
Strength-Based Spiritual Recovery
9891 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618