Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Positive thinking

I'm a big believer in positive thinking. Yet i've always had the inkling that too much positive thinking leads us to think that we've pretty much achieved our goal and all we need to do is just sit back and wait for it to happen.

Now this article goes some way to supporting that theory.....''The power of negative thinking' is a good read and warns us that visualizing our aims as already achieved can backfire.

Here's the start....go feed yourself some nuggets of inspiration....
Lie back and picture life after your ambitions are fulfilled, the motivational gurus used to say, and you'll bring that end result closer to reality. Make an effort to visualize every detail – the finished screenplay sitting pretty on your desk, the gushing reviews in the paper, the sports car parked outside.

The gurus claimed these images would galvanize your determination. They said you could use the power of positive thinking to will success to happen. But then some important research came along that muddied the rosy picture.
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Sunday, 11 November 2012

The Willard Asylum suitcases

Skipping across the tinterweb this evening i came across this interview on Collectors weekley.

Jon Crispin, photographer catalogues a lost hoard of suitcases stored in the Willard Asylum for the chronically insane dating back from the 1910's to 1960's......creepy......

Because I'm feeling lazy tonight i'll leave you with the opener......

''If you were committed to a psychiatric institution, unsure if you’d ever return to the life you knew before, what would you take with you? That sobering question hovers like an apparition over each of the Willard Asylum suitcases. From the 1910s through the 1960s, many patients at the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane left suitcases behind when they passed away, with nobody to claim them. Upon the center’s closure in 1995, employees found hundreds of these time capsules stored in a locked attic. Working with the New York State Museum, former Willard staffers were able to preserve the hidden cache of luggage as part of the museum’s permanent collection.''