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Quantum


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Don’t worry, be happy! Happiness is the spice of life. Put on a brave face. Fake it ‘til you make it. Think it, then live it.


Be happy - Complain!


By Joan Parisi Wilcox


The core of the self-improvement industry was built around such books as The Power of Positive Thinking. Books and films such as The Secret and the many popularisers of the Law of Attraction have hammered home the point that like attracts like, so make sure the messages you are broadcasting to the universe are positive ones. We have been warned that negative thinking, self-sabotaging inner talk and a pessimistic outlook not only make us depressing to be around but also may harm our health.


There is no doubt that a positive outlook has a vast array of benefits, from social to psychological to physiological. But we have got to the point where many of us feel guilty when we feel depressed, frustrated, uncompassionate, angry, envious—or any of the other “less than” emotions. We seek to transform our “bad” feelings into “good” ones, and preferably we do that quickly and privately, lest we be exposed to friends, family or colleagues as a complainer or, worse still, a downer. So, let’s take a second look at the perceived wisdom that “positive thinking is better and healthier.”


Any second look starts with the obvious—the shadow. The shadow self is the subconscious twin to our conscious self. It’s where we unconsciously stuff all those parts of ourselves


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that we don’t like or value. Although our shadow is the container for what we repress and deny about ourselves, it is also a treasure chest stuffed with our unclaimed gifts and talents.


Our shadow stuff doesn’t stay hidden. What we won’t admit about ourselves, we sometimes project onto others. For instance, if we can’t admit that we are capable of bigotry or hatred, we will find a group onto which we will project our fear of those feelings, making the members of that group our adversaries. We do this on a personal as well as a societal/cultural level.





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