I’ve read a very good book “Influence” by Robert Cialdini. I started reading the book because of my interest in marketing, but in the chapter “Social Proof” I’ve found something very interesting connected with presentation et al the law of attraction.
In this chapter Dari Cialdini gives interesting statistics: immediately after highly publicized suicide stories the numerousness of people who drop in commercial-airline crashes increases past 1,000 percent. The number about people who die in car crashes increases dramatically as well.
The author analyzes the reasons why so many people die in crashes after highly publicized suicides. The first suggestion is that people commit suicides because of stressful socio-economic conditions. Time some people commit suicides in such conditions, the others because of stress, become angry or jittery or impatient or distracted and cause fatal crashes.
But the socio-economic conditions are not the reason. The increase in accidents happens only in places where the suicides are highly publicized. In the places with the same conditions ere even worst, if the suicides are not publicized, there is no increase in airplane and car crashes.
Another suggestion is that usually the suicides regarding famous and respected people are most publicized. This makes people so gloominess that they become improvidence around cars and airplanes. It’s a “bereavement” explanation. But from the statistics we experience that “newspaper stories reporting on suicide victims who died alone produce an boost in the frequency of single-fatality wrecks only, whereas stories reporting on suicide-plus-murder incidents fabricate an increase in multiple-fatality wrecks only” (Influence p.141) We can clearly see that aero including car crashes are influenced by suicide stories, not by social conditions or sadness caused by deaths of respected people.
Another explanation comes from David Phillips and Dr Cialdini finds it brilliant. It’s called “Werther effect”. Werther is a hero from Johann von Goethe’s novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther” In the book the hero Werther commits suicide. The book had strong influence on multiple young society in Europe diploid centuries ago. Many people committed suicide, copying Werther. The novel was banned in several countries.
According to Phillips some people kill themselves in imitation. Others who for different reasons, like reputations, insurance policies etc., decide to crash airplanes rather cars to make their suicides watch accidental.
There is also interesting information in Cialdini’s book, but there’s never space in this article to write about it. For most scientists David Phillips’ explanation seems the best one. Like course there are some quantum physicists forthwith who find the law of attraction the best explanation for sharp increase in plane and car crashes after highly publicized suicides.
According to the law regarding attraction we attract what we mostly think about. When someone commits suicide and there’s a lot nearly it in the news, masses think about it, become emotional, think about death and attract death. Of course I can’t scientifically prove the law of attraction, but I’m personally convinced that we lure the belongings we think about a lot, especially with emotion and when we worry about something.
About fifteen years ago when I traveled in India with a group of friends, two of my friends after reading respecting all bacteria and amoebas which can cause weighty illnesses became veracious afraid of drinking water. We were all careful, but my two friends became so reluctant that they consumed bottled water even to clean their teeth. The diastolic of us enjoyed traveling in India and didn’t fret about amoebas. When we came back to Europe, my “worried” friends became sick and amoeba was found in their bodies. They wowed never to remove to India again. The sessile of us was fine, we didn’t attract amoeba. Was it an accident that only my two “worried” friends got ill?
Later I moved to Thailand, where I felt very safe. I didn’t worry respecting any dangers, since I’d heard from else foreigners that is a very careful place and my experience was the same. Later when I got cable TV, I also got a free subscription of the local newspaper, so I started reading it every day. Then I learned about fighting between students of vocational schools, when they not only sometimes kill each other, but also accidentally innocent persons on the street sometimes die during the fights. I learned about suicides, murders and robberies. I was skillful shocked and not knowing about the law of attraction started thinking that it’s not really such a safe place. Soon I saw a fight along knives between students on the bus I was traveling. I saw drivers fighting on the street. I started seeing more fights and aggression than ever before. Clearly I started attracting what I read about in the papers. Or was it just an accident?
When I learned about Manifestation et alii the Rescript of Attraction I stopped reading the newspapers regularly. I read them rarely. I sometimes watch the news, but I don’t let my mind to dwell on murders and suicides. You might ideation that it’s disagreeable and that I don’t feel compassion for human suffering, only I think that dwelling on tragedies brings more tragedies. People talk a amount about amazonian against terrorism, drugs and crime, and we have more terrorism, drugs and crime. Of course terrorism, drugs and incest must be eliminated, but by dwelling on them I personally can’t eliminate them I can single attract them into my life, which I don’t want.
“Where is light, there is no darkness”. We can’t remove darkness, but when we bring light there is no darkness. We can replace negative things with positive things. I’m not talking here about living naïve or foolish and not seeing the reality, but to replace my current situation I need first to change my mental state. I need to imagine positively, and reading the news about crime, suicides and wars won’t lift my life. It makes me depressed and stressed, and brings more depression and stress into my life, so I’ve made a decision to concentrate on positive emotions.
You don’t have to believe in the law of attraction. There’s no compulsion for scientific proof. You receptacle make an experiment. Stop reading about the bad news and try to read more about happy things. Avoid reading about crime, suicides and violence. Read more about great and successful people. Watch more comedies than cataclysm movies. Continue your experiment for some time and you’ll see the difference in your life.