I had forgotten how much I was annoyed by this a couple of years ago.


Clearly this charlatanry doesn’t measure up to the work of the maestro Samuel Hahnemann, but it may be on a par with the chicanery of Jamie Sherrill. Maybe.

Back in 2005, a woman called Rhonda Byrne released a book titled ‘The Secret.’ It was a self-help book, and if we judge by the sheer number of those available, we rapidly reach the conclusion that not all of them work. You might reach the conclusion that none of them works. They’re a bit like fad diets in that respect.

Ms Byrne wrote an entire opus on the idea that you could have anything you want as long as you ask. Positive attitude and all that. But the clincher was she specified that you have to ask ‘the right way.’ You may by now be sharing my scepticism.

The ‘right way’ to ask is to create a ‘Vision Board.’ That sounded like a…

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