Why Positive Thinking Might Not Always Be The Best Thing To Do

Positivity these days is taken as a sign of happiness and compassion, while positive thinking does make us compassionate but does it really gives happiness?

Let’s ponder upon the negative effects of positive thinking.

Zen master Osho likes to differ from what people regard positive thinking as. According to Osho, positive thinking is but a load on your shoulders. Positivity is nothing but escapism and running away from the real emotions, it’s apparently not possible to be in a positive mindset all the time.

The law of attraction does state that what we send out into the universe is what returns to us and it is true that our thoughts play a huge role in shaping our lives but the point here is making a gradual progress rather than forcing a bucket of it down your throat.

Positivity is not like a suit which you can just wear and flaunt, it’s a way of life which is developed gradually with time.

Once Gautam Buddha was asked, ”Why don’t you teach your people to pray?” It was an obvious question – a religion without prayer is simply inconceivable to many people. And the answer Buddha gave is as fresh today as it was twenty-five centuries before, as new and as revolutionary. He said, “I don’t teach my people to pray because their prayers will harm them. Right now they are not conscious enough to ask for anything, and whatsoever they ask will be wrong. First, let them become conscious enough. I teach them how to become more conscious and then it is up to them.”
“When they are fully conscious, if they want to pray, they are free. They are not my slaves. But I can say one thing: that anybody who is fully conscious has nothing to ask for. He has got everything that one can ever ask for.”

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A half-truth is more dangerous than a whole lie because the whole lie you can find out eventually, but the half-truth is dangerous.

You may never discover it, you may keep on thinking it is the whole truth. Basically, the real problem is not the whole lie, but it is the half-truth behaving as the whole truth, and that is what these people are doing.

When you meet somebody and ask, “How are you?” – he says, “I am perfectly well.” Now, if you are a negative philosopher you will immediately start thinking what is he hiding, what’s the lie underneath, “How can anyone be perfectly well? Have you ever heard of anybody in the world is perfectly well?
Basically, all positive philosopher are negative in nature.

I am not supporting either side. I personally prefer considering the whole truth, because the negative is as essential as the positive.
Creation of electricity requires both, the positive pole and the negative pole too. Remember Negative is complimentary to Positive. Every dawn comes after a dark night.

Osho put forth his views on positive thinking in a candid chat session and stated

“The philosophy of positive thinking means being untruthful; it means being dishonest. It means seeing a certain thing and yet denying what you have seen; it means deceiving yourself and others.”

… Dale Carnegie started this whole school of positive philosophy, positive thinking:

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Don’t see the negative part, don’t see the darker side.

But by your not seeing it, do you think it disappears? You are just befooling yourself. You cannot change reality. The night will still be there; you can think that it is daytime for twenty-four hours, but by your thinking it, it is not going to be light twenty-four hours a day. The negative is as much part of life as the positive. They balance each other.”
The negative is as much part of life as the positive. They balance each other.”

Osho here doesn’t mean that positive thinking doesn’t help you. There is no denying that positivity often helps you in hard times.

Osho here neither supports positivity nor negativity; he prefers an open and clear state of mind. His statement hints that he doesn’t consider it as a boon but a plague.


  • Positivity is a state of mind wherein you look for the bright side even in the utter darkness. You don’t think of consequences or well at least not worry about them because you know situations harm you only if you let them to, positivity is about no running away problem but rather facing it and learning from them.
  • As mentioned earlier positivity is not like a suit which you can unbox and wear it the right way but it is like a seed you plant within yourself which grows over time as you nurture it. Positivity or negativity, they are inside you and only you can experience them.
  • Osho simply puts positivity as an unhealthy practice because it is running away from reality and not accepting it.

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Osho doesn’t advocate either positive thinking or negative thinking because he believes neither of them is whole in nature.

Positivity is more about accepting life as it comes and having an open perspective to whatever situation you encounter.

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