by Hugh Fitzgerald (Dec. 2008)
“Thank you, Jeanette”
“Well, I noticed that your new book has a really fascinating title, Psycho-psychology.”
“Yes, that’s right.”
“Barbi and Frank, how did that title come to you?”
“Well, Jeanette, what we wanted to do is to let people know right away what the book was about. Too often people will buy a book thinking it is about one thing, when it is about something completely different. Our book is about how to ‘use your mind’ to ‘deal with your mind,’ rather than looking outside your mind for help. After all, who knows your own mind best – but your own mind?” more>>>
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What a delight. Mr. Fitzgerald, please tell us: were you influenced by P.G. Wodehouse? I definitely see elements of his style in your writings. Just musing, but you must have been writing for a long time. To quote Mr. Wodehouse, "I know I was writing when I was five. I don't know what I did before that. Just loafed I suppose."
That is so well-crafted I could believe that it's a direct transcript from many a TV show. And that it will soon be on Oprah's Book List.
I do endorse the idea that by simply buying a book, one begins to develop positive, healing qualities. I remember buying Feynman's "Quantum Mechanics" some years back, and as soon as I got it home, I felt ever so much smarter about those quantum things, and could discuss it at length at cocktail parties.
I followed Mary Jackson's link to the review of "The Secret", from 2007 (so there's no point commenting there). That one is still on my list of books to skip. But the thing is, there's an element of truth in that way of thinking. Cranky old Henry Ford let the cat out of the bag a long time ago, when he said, "If you think you can, or think you can't - you're right."
If you spend your life thinking how miserable you are, how downtrodden, how oppressed - like many liberals - that's where you're going to end up. If you spend your life thinking there's a better way, a better life, chances are pretty good that that's where you'll end up.
Speaking of chances, another old-timer, Louis Pasteur, observed that "chance favors the prepared mind".
Prepared mind, positive attitude, same difference.
Where Barbi and Frank (among others) go wrong is making it look like there's no work involved. Put the book under your pillow at night and wake up rich. Perhaps not, except for the folks who sold the book.