Why "The Secret" is just motivational pseudoscience

"The Secret" is a motivational/inspirational flick with wannabe celebrities stating "laws", without bothering to explain why they would work (let alone that many don't), pretty much without any regard for the cause-effect relationship, and with a large dose of pseudoscience and urban myths.

Blatant "fact": some "quantum physicist" re-spews the myth that humans only use 10% of their brain. If you know this is patently false, you should question the entire "Secret" itself.

Real causes of accomplishment are often ignored, and replaced with made-up "affirmations" or plain wishful thinking. Classic example: after a break-up, some lady finds "The Secret" and decides to go to adult classes, where she meets the man of her dreams. Voila, her "law of attraction" thinking got her the perfect mate, which "fate" or "something above us" wanted for her. If you aren't gullible, you'll realize that the lady could have done a number of other things, without any connection to "The Secret", and would have met an equally heart-broken decent guy willing to patch his emotional hole. Any follow-up studies of the divorce rate after such star-written encounters? "Studies? What's that? You have to believe"

Here's all there is to The Secret and its "law of attraction": When something's on your mind, you'e just more attentive to anything related to that. For example, after you decide you want to buy a certain Toyota Prius model, you'll notice that car much more often on the street. Has "the Universe" suddenly shifted traffic patterns to match the car you want to attract?

That's all there is to it - your brain gets tuned to a particular concept, and you notice manifestations of it.

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