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Moved by COVID-19, some Americans try to ‘reveal’ positive results


Washington: So you need money… love…success? Have you thought about trying to go about it – really hard – until your goals are met? This, at least, is a main principle behind the trend, which is increasingly popular in times of epidemic, “manifesting”, a mixture of positive thinking and magical practices.

In a video on the TikTok app, 19-year-old Bella Salifou, dressed in a headscarf and with a crystal around her neck, explains how viewers can achieve their beloved dreams with the help of two glasses of water, two Post-It notes and two glasses of water. A good deal of imagination. The video has been viewed nearly 500,000 times.

The Internet offers several other approaches to “appear”: writing the same phrase multiple times in a notebook; Mentally imagining one’s desires; Repeat them as if they had already passed; Or meditate with the help of crystals and candles.

“By imagining something that you really want to happen, revealing that these things will just work,” said Gabrielle Oettingen, professor of psychology at New York University and author of “Rethinking Positive Thinking.”

“It’s a tempting shortcut to fulfilling our desires.”

US$2,000 and a relationship

The phenomenon of positive thinking, which originated in the US with the New Thought movement of the 19th century and was popularized in 2006 by writer/producer Rhonda Byrne in her documentary “The Secret”, has gained traction among young Americans since the coronavirus pandemic. Gained new momentum. killing.

Videos with the hashtag “manifesting” have garnered over 1 billion total views on TikTok, a social media platform popular among teens, while the word appears in nearly 2 million posts on Instagram.

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Sallyphou, who lives in Maryland, said she discovered the “manifest” in 2018, but only began posting videos on TikTok last February. His account has more than 110,000 followers.

“I’ve always been like this, whenever I thought about things and really set my mind, it came true,” she said.

Sallyphou insisted that through “revealing”, she was able to realize $2,000 in sales of various items – as well as an erotic relationship, after writing about it in her diary.

33-year-old New Yorker Maria Concha has been training to “appear” for three years. She says she will be able to go on vacation to the Turks and Caicos islands this summer after several sessions of “psychic visualization.”

“I had the best year in my business during the pandemic,” said Concha, who offers private coaching for an amount of US$5,000 per session.

This new viral trend dismissed by its opponents as pseudoscience has given rise to many fee courses and programs that claim to teach the art of positive thinking to newborns.

Uncontrolled control

Koncha said, “The epidemic gave people time to think about where their lives are. Are they happy? It forced them to see things in a different way and potentially be more open-minded.”

Dennis Fournier, a psychotherapist in Miami, believes that the temptation to “manifest” stems from the belief that it gives people a “sense of control” over their environment, when many people – especially young ones – feel that COVID-19 has robbed them of that control

Read: Feeling guilty for coping well during an epidemic? It’s okay to feel okay

“Many teenagers, teenagers, and even young adults have inherited a world that makes them feel very depressed,” Fournier said.

She continued: “The world feels like it is acting according to an argument that is illogical and meaningless to them, their prospects for the future don’t feel completely secure, and this can create a lot of anxiety. is.

“At this particular time, it’s understandable why the idea is so appealing.”

But Fournier warns that a “manifest” can easily turn into “an underground, unrealistic and superficial type of practice” if a person fails to make an active commitment to his or her goals.

“If we only fantasize about wish fulfillment and assume that it will be fulfilled, it will not happen,” said Oettingen, author of a 2014 study on the risks of positive thinking.

“We found that the more positive people imagined their future, the less depressed they were at the time, but the more depressed they became over time, partly because of their little effort and lack of success. cause.”

For Koncha, “manifest” and visualization is an important predicate for action.

“If you have no clarity on your goal,” she asks, “how are you going to take action?”

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