Find out different points of view and ideas about hapinness and perfectionism:
This article stimulates us to think about our fallible condition as human beings. Once this fallibility has been understood and accepted, the prospect of relaxing and learning from our life experiences, both successes and failiures, becomes an achievable possibility. It may not be necessary to drop positive thinking altogether, but perhaps use it to our advantage, understanding and accepting our fallibility and freeing ourselves from the pressure of perfectionism.
In the middle of this article we find and example of the power of hypnosis, here in the form of “positive visualisation”: Imagination can change our perception of reality:
“…In one ingenious experiment, Oettingen had participants rendered mildly dehydrated. Then some were taken through an exercise that involved visualising drinking an icy, refreshing glass of water, while others took part in a different exercise. The water-visualisers experienced a significant reduction in their energy levels, as measured by blood pressure. Far from becoming more motivated to hydrate themselves, people responded to positive visualisation by relaxing. They seemed, subconsciously, to have confused imagining success with having already achieved it…”