Wednesday, January 09, 2013

All Your Thoughts Are Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

From Shakespeare to The Secret, the idea that our thoughts and perceptions shape our reality is recognized as a powerful truth. As the Bard wrote, "[T]here is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

While charlatans have long used this belief to promote bogus cancer cures and get-rich-quick schemes, psychologists are now actually beginning to understand how "faking it 'til you make it" — or alternatively, psyching yourself out with negative thinking — works in the social world. 

Two fascinating recent studies — one on confidence; the other exploring social fears — reveal how our own positive and negative stances work to alter our relationships and careers.

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