You've heard the question 100 times: "Is the glass half-empty or half-full?" If we are in negativity mode we see the glass as half-empty. Anyone can see its half-empty. When we are feeling negative, we focus on what is missing and lament the lack of water in the glass. When we are feeling more positive, we see the glass as half-full. Of course it is half-full. Anyone can see that. We focus on what we desire, and celebrate the presence of water. Then there are those who see it as completely full - all the time.
These seemingly crazy people are not just positive; they are what this psychologist calls pathologically positive. Pathological Positivity is an empowering mental supernormality that lifts us above the normal perception of "reality." It is a higher level of thinking. We see the glass, and our lives, as completely full - even in the toughest situations. How is that possible? How can we see the glass as completely full? Must we make up facts to justify our theory - our pathologically positive position? Do we pretend there is more water?
Not at all. We notice and pay attention to what really is, and simply accept the truth. The glass is half full of water and filled the rest of the way and to overflowing with precious air. Normally, we don't notice the air in the glass - or even around us - because we are used to it. Air is the most immediately important and most abundant life giving substance on earth. We are completely immersed in it. We've never been without it. We certainly would notice if it was missing.
We are all after one thing: The Feeling. The Feeling that life is good. This is our quest. Success is accomplished through an accurate understanding and application of what brings us The Feeling. With Pathological Positivity, we doggedly insist on a way of thinking that brings The Feeling regardless of our circumstances. We live on purpose through the powerful science of Pathological Positivity, regardless of how crazy it might seem.
Dr. Jenkins spoke to our EFG team in South Jordan. It was really great. This book is full of good ways to change your thinking and the importance of thinking right thoughts. A worthwhile and entertaining listen!
This audio book will give you "the feeling." The 20-day exercise ALONE is worth some multiple of the cost.
I usually take this kind of book with a grain of salt, but Dr. Paul is the real thing. I have tried the "prescription" exercise at the end and can personally attest there was a notable and lasting difference in my outlook. Is that worth the cost of a book/audio book to you?
Yes, he has fun with it which may at times come across a little.... corny maybe? Yes, "Pathological Positivity" sounds like a book Ned Flanders would write. Read (listen) the book anyway. It opens with a story about a dark time in the author's life that is so REAL and raw and...un-Flanders-like.
Then he proceeds to make a compelling case that positivity is the only sensible way to go. Kind of mind-bending and very cool.
Truth and professional insight outweighs corny 20-1.