Affirmations bother me — and the people who peddle them, too.

Someone just sent me a link to a blog with a bunch of fluffy stuff about “positive self talk” and “how to stop negative thinking”. I suppose the SEO on that phrase “how to stop negative thinking” will be good for their traffic, but the article gives a load of focus to things that aren’t wanted — and what to stop doing.

Of course, the quick experiment for “stopping thinking about something” is to stop thinking about that red car you have in your mind. Right now, try very hard not to picture a red car…