Its pretty clear that the more people are struggling in life, and the less hope they have, the more they are attracted to things like The Secret.
Its like people who buy lottery tickets are the one's who can least afford them. (poor people).
I do understand how people can get caught up in this type of belief system.
First off, there is a grain of truth to it. In The Secret, they say "attract a cup of coffee". Obviously, that is a simple trick to dupe naive people. Because you THINK about a coffee, and then you go buy one. So hey, that's the law of attraction right?
When in fact its simple goal-seeking behavior, the same thing your dog, or a rat does. (get hungry, imagine food, plan behavior, go eat).
As far as I can see, this is the same process to achieve any goal, no matter how large or small. Its just the larger goals take hundreds of times more effort, time, and money.
But when people are desperate, when they are hopeless, they are going to dream of an easy way out, its human nature.
In the movie Jesus Of Montreal, they are having a big theological debate, and a priest at one point says, "look, people come to this church not to debate theology, but because they want Jesus to love them, and save them"...(he then holds up crutches left in the prayer area).
I think its the same with The Secret. They don't want to know the philosophical errors, they want to be Saved from life, to escape from pain, and its simple Wishful Thinking, with a small grain of truth to it.
On the other side, "New Thought" can entrap very intelligent people. Its extremely easy to deceive yourself, and delude yourself. I would go so far as to say that self-delusion is the rule for humans.
The more I look at this, the more I see that Rhonda Byrne was also desperate, and the verge of bankruptcy, and emotionally desperate. But I don't think she really believes The Secret. I think she believed she could sell it, and make lots of money.
If you search Google Blogs, there are many many blogs telling people to go and post on Oprah's site lots of POSITIVE REVIEWS of The Secret, so Oprah would do a second show.
That is why there were hundreds of shill posts on the Oprah site, and guess what, they got their second show.
I believe some of those bloggers were Rhonda Byrne's own employees, at least those who got the ball rolling.
She was doing internet viral marketing, and getting bloggers to do propaganda is one of the best ways to do this.
On the positive side, I predict your friend will be excited about The Secret for about...2 months max.
Then it will be back to reality.
Its possible she could get more deeply hooked into it, but its also possible it will just be more road kill, and wasted money in books sitting on the bookshelf.
People go and make their fancy Vision Boards, and for most people nothing happens. But for a few it does "work", but it ain't The Secret. Its just because they went and did what they wanted, and it worked out for them.
But who knows, now that Rhonda Byrne is making some money for once, she is probably going to come out with dozens more products. But the world is somewhat full of scammers taking advantage of vulnerable people, and it always will be, as far as I can see. Only education might be able to help stem the tide...a bit.
...today mentioned that she has The Secret DVD and has watched it many times. She said she agrees with it (yet she struggles with many things in her life).
I don't understand why believers struggle with anything when there is a quick and simple solution that will end all strife, all lack, all pain, all human problems. Isn't that the promise?
Can't they see that the crap they believe is not applicable to real life :?: