The Science Behind “Manifestation”


Manifesting is a scam. Don’t fall prey.

Oprah claims that manifestation is the process of attracting material things into your life by attraction and belief; in other words, if you think it, it will happen. Making vision boards, keeping manifestation journals, speaking a desire into existence, and reciting encouraging mantras are all encouraged. Eye-roll moment. As much as I loathe to tell it, manifesting might be advantageous, but not for the reasons self-help gurus claim. Good things occur to people who have an optimistic mindset, regardless of whether they harness the energy of the universe, as the scientific investigations described below demonstrate. People who practise manifesting learn to expect good things to happen, and when we are more receptive to opportunities, we often see opportunities we might otherwise pass over. There is a foundation for the science of manifestation just in that aspect.

You’re more likely to find good if you look for it – Our reality is shaped by expectations in various ways. This could be advantageous to you or detrimental to you. People with positive outlooks tend to concentrate more on opportunities and favourable outcomes, whereas those who concentrate more on the negative have a much harder time perceiving the good. William James, an American philosopher, historian, and psychologist, stated in his 19th-century work The Principles of Psychology, vol.1 that “My experience is what I agree to attend to.” Interpretation: Whatever we choose to focus on expands in our minds. Negativity becomes more prominent when it is the focus. Think about how this may affect the decisions you make in life. Because you’re not seeking for opportunities, you might not be able to see them. Or you can mistakenly see a risk as an opportunity. Maybe you applied to graduate school with the intention of changing careers, and you got in. Congrats! If you’re pessimistic, you’ll probably concentrate on the reasons not to do it. (e.g., quitting your full-time job or taking on debt). If you’re an optimist, you may put more weight in the justifications for doing it. (e.g., pursuing a career you enjoy, earning a higher income).

Studies demonstrate the value of maintaining a positive outlook – It’s common knowledge that seeing the positive side offers advantages. Promotions are more likely to go to optimists. According to one study, “Visionary Work Optimists”—those in the top quartile of optimism among their peers—are 40% more likely to receive a promotion in the upcoming year and six times more likely to be highly engaged at work than pessimists. According to a different study, optimists receive job offers more rapidly than pessimists and put in less effort in their job hunt. Another study demonstrates that optimists put in more effort at work, are more likely to get remarried after a divorce, and save more money. It’s likely that the Visionary Work Optimists got the job done because they believed they had a say in their future promotion rather than because they actually manifested it. Pessimists, on the other hand, can feel that they have no control over getting a job promotion.

Positive Thinking, But Not Blind Hope – Although having a positive mindset is helpful, we can fall victim to blind optimism and wilful positivity. Sometimes convincing ourselves that something will work out nicely can backfire by depleting our desire to accomplish a task. While the aforementioned study revealed that optimistic people work more and save more money, it also made a clear distinction between moderate and severe optimists: While extreme pessimists have short planning horizons, save less, and work less, moderate pessimists exhibit responsible financial practises and put in longer hours. It implies that extreme optimists are overconfident in their ability to make poor judgements. Manifesting can get people into problems in this situation. Manifesting moves dangerously close to blind optimism, a state of amnesia that hinders consciousness or self-determination, by pushing individuals to write down their desires 33 times in three days or to comment “yes” on an Instagram post to materialise $20,000. Blind optimism can result in sloppy planning and unchecked self-persuasion of desired beliefs.

Application of the Science of Manifestation – Start with analysing the source of your current outlook in order to become more upbeat and optimistic. Genetics, age, and life events all play a part in how our perspective and expectations are formed. Your upbringing, your relationships, and whether or not you experienced early success all have an impact on whether you tend towards pessimism or positive. A “trapped prior” is a reality impression that has been shaped or constrained by earlier experiences in psychology. Free negative self-perceptions to free stuck pasts. Because they previously decided they were inadequate or self-sabotaged by believing something wouldn’t work for them, many people ignore opportunities or perceived risks. You’re being kind to yourself and giving yourself a greater chance to succeed by letting go of old beliefs about what you can and cannot do. Next, realise that moving outside of your comfort zone significantly enhances your quality of life. You can always come up with an excuse not to accomplish something. But occasionally, the result of a risk or challenge could astound you. It can end up being just what you needed to upend your assumptions. Don’t only make your goals manifest. Instead, get rid of the negativity that is clouding your perspective and focus on the chances that are right in front of you.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Dave says:

    Excellent article! And I think your spot on😆 Manifestation is a truth: thought 💭 manifest’s into form. I like Oprah Winfrey and think she has done a lot to help people understand the law of attraction and spirituality. Sadly science will take a long time to make sense of it. 🧬

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    1. GS says:

      It’s a fascinating thing to learn.

      Liked by 1 person

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