Do You Agree?

Published November 9, 2019 by Nan Mykel

Augusten Burroughs writes that Affirmations are dishonest. “They are a form of self-betrayal based on bogus, side-of-the-cereal-box psychology..The truth is, it is not going to help to stand in front of the mirror, look into your own eyes, and lie to yourself. Especially when you are the one person you are supposed to believe you can count on.
“Affirmations are the psychological equivalent of sprinkling baby powder on top of the turd your puppy has left on the carpet. This does not result in a cleaner carpet. It coats the underlying issue with futility.” This Is How, p 4-5, 2012.

8 comments on “Do You Agree?

  • I love the added thoughts to your profile! You have a way with words and that’s a fact. As far as the post is concerned, I agree. Self-affirmation by standing in front of the mirror telling myself compliments has always made me feel like a stupid, inadequate fool and it does miss the point entirely.

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  • I think affirmations only work if you actually believe in what you’re saying, but has no effect if you don’t believe in it. I don’t use affirmations because it seemed corny 😀. I think negative self-talk unfortunately works though because of all the criticism we’ve received in our lifetime.

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