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The ‘Facts’ About Positive Thinking

Posted by on July 12, 2014

Do you know what the Reality Principle is? According to wikipedia:

“In Freudian psychology, the reality principle is the psychoanalytic concept describing circumstantial reality compelling a man or a woman to defer (put off) instant gratification.  In infancy and early childhood, the Id rules behavior by obeying only the pleasure principle. Maturity is learning to endure the pain of deferred gratification, when reality requires it; thus, the psychoanalytic psychologist Sigmund Freud proposes that “an ego thus educated has become  ’reasonable’; it no longer lets itself be governed by the pleasure principle, but obeys the reality principle, which also, at bottom, seeks to obtain pleasure, but pleasure which is assured through taking account of reality, even though it is pleasure postponed and diminished”.”

Simply put, it’s your ability to defer what is pleasurable now so that you can enjoy something later.  One important element is ”taking account of reality”. Look at your body, your bank account, the people you have  (or not) in your life. If you’re not happy with what you see, maybe you’ve been indulging too much in the pleasure principle (e.g., eating too much, wasting time on pointless entertainment)

There are things that will make a huge difference in your life if you have the discipline to achieve them (saving money, going to the gym, etc…). All this is based on the reality principle.  Success is less about “positive thinking” than behavior and action. Certain behavior and action produce certain results.  Don’t buy too much into all the “positive thinking”, ”manifesting”, “law of attraction” thing…

Behavior, my friend, behavior…


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