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Law of Attraction
Metaphysical Law of Attraction
Need for consideration of Metaphysical Law of Attraction
Attitude and their Effects
Positive Effect in everyday interactions
In conflict management
Negative Affect As an indicator of an unhappy relationship
Paving the road to D-I-V-O-R-C-E
Positive Affect Paves the Road to Respect and Admiration
Use of Law of Attraction and Intercultural Communication
Metaphysical Law of Attraction
"Thou, constrained by no limits, in accordance with thine own free will, in whose hand we have placed thee, shalt ordain for thyself the limits of thy nature"..Giovanni Pico della Mirranda, Oranto "De hominis dignitatis, " or "God's Address to Adam."
"If you're not an infinite being, what would be the purpose of your life?"..Wyne Dyer, The Power of Intention
What are your beliefs about the nature of the universe? Do you have believed in order, universal natural laws, cosmic intelligence, or chaos? Do you believe in the presence of God? What is the importance of attitudes? What is a fortune? Is there a good or bad fortune? Why bad things happen to good people? These types of questions come to the mind of almost every human. One thing we note every time that positivity and virtues are universally accepted. Every one likes the good deeds such as truthfulness, honesty, talking politely and doing well for others. Similarly bad attitudes and wrong deeds such as telling lies, theft and doing wrong to others are disliked universally. Joseph Murphy writes, "As a person thinks, feels, and believes so is the condition of his or her mind, body and circumstances" (vxiii). "We are each 100% responsible for all of our experiences," discusses Louise Hay, "Every thought we think is creating our future" (You Can Heal Your Life 5). These statements in brief point to the existence of an influential and authoritative self who is manifesting its desires in order with a cooperative, abundant, and intelligent universe. As per this belief every human being in this universe is continuously creating his or her reality and the present day world is the collective creation of humanity. As has been described by Deepak Chopra, " And when we realize our true Self is one of pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in the universe" (Seven Spiritual Laws of Success 8). The current thesis is an exploration of the potential of universal law of attraction for the benefit of humanity. The author will discuss how this law is useful in interpersonal communications and relationship not only in close relations but also in the intercultural communication.
Need for consideration of Metaphysical Law of Attraction
Law of attraction is much needed in modern era than any other era as with the advancement of telecommunication and technology, the world has become a global village. There are many benefits of this globalization for example economically globalization accelerates the free flow of goods and services, investment, and labor. World trade expanded steadily throughout the 1990s, at a rate of more than 6% per annum, exceeding growth in world output by a wide margin (UNCTAD, 2003, p.41). Also, the five-year annual growth of world foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows and outflows increased from 20.0% during 1991-1995 to 40.1% during 1996-2000 (UNCTAD, 2002, p.4). As a result, the global economy has taken the shape of a single global market, which consists of a vast network of regional and local markets.
In terms of its political aspect, globalization has transformed the traditional concept of sovereignty of the nation states. The increasing power of global treaties and negotiations such as the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), and some major international organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) means that domestic issues cannot be fully managed just within a border of nation states. As a result, the power of nation states as sovereign actors in international relations has been undermined.
Yet there have been many harmful effects such as wars and widespread hatred based on language, color and race differences. There are gross violations of human rights such as deliberate acts of genocide and other war crime. Also there are most serious harms that the global community is facing are the result of ordinary, decent people engaging in "business as usual," rather than the result of deliberate acts of brutality or callous indifference. This is because we are often involved in collective harms (i.e., harms caused by the combined actions of many individuals) that are not directly caused by our individual actions, yet are in some sense dependent on them.
Attitude and their Effects
People interact with one another on a daily basis. As part of this process individuals will like some people better then others. This will happen for many different reasons, and many different psychological approaches have been developed for understanding this phenomenon. Depersonalized social attraction occurs when individuals depersonalized themselves and others through the process of categorization, and then are attracted to others who match the group's prototype. In other words, when individuals view themselves and others as group members, they do not evaluate others as individuals. Instead they evaluate them as group members. Since prototypes set the standards for groups, the more prototypical people are, the better they appear. In other words, a Christian will like an outstanding Christian more than an average Christian.
A paper published in 1995 added more evidence for depersonalized social attraction. In the experiment, individuals were asked to report their attitudes towards an individual who was either a group member, or their partner for a task. The study looked at how prototypicality influenced attraction and the results generally supported the idea that through depersonalization people are more attracted to prototypical group members (Michael A, 112)
Another paper published in 1998 wanted to examine the relationships between friendship, group identification, group cohesiveness, and groupthink. Generally speaking, groupthink arises when a group's striving for unanimity overrides other practical considerations and prevents the group from realistically evaluating its situation. This can lead to various problems, such as an unquestioned belief in the morality and invulnerability of the group. It also leads to problems in the decision making process. Groupthink's impact upon politics and other social situations has made it a popular topic for study, but the causes behind it have been less clearly understood.
Many factors can contribute to groupthink. The primary antecedent is group cohesiveness. The 1998 paper sought to better understand how cohesiveness could lead to groupthink by drawing a distinction between cohesion based upon personal attraction (friendship) and cohesion based upon depersonalized social attraction. The experiment placed people into four-person discussion groups that were formed with friends, socially attractive people, or random strangers. Conditions were then set up to encourage group think. The results showed that friendship was weakly or negatively related to groupthink. Friendship-based cohesiveness was not conducive for groupthink. On the other hand, depersonalized social attraction was strongly correlated with groupthink. (Michael A, 112) This is just one example of the powerful role that depersonalized social attraction can play.
The student's level of racial identification was measured and used to establish an in-group for the individuals. Then, through the fake news stories, the prototypical level of intelligence for the in-group (i.e. different racial groups) was manipulated. The students were then asked to evaluate various celebrities. As predicted, the more a celebrity matched the prototypical level of intelligence for the in-group, the more socially attractive they were. The level of prototypical embodiment was the strongest predictor for social attraction. (Dana E, 323) The results stress both the importance of depersonalized social attraction and the powerful effect that media can have on people's perception of others.
Another paper, published in 2010, also sought to examine in-group bias as it relates to religion. The paper explored the relationship between religious identification and one's reaction to aggression from others. The study was conducted in Israel, a place famous for religious conflict. 217 Jewish and Muslim young men, ages 14 -- 18, participated in the study. They were asked to respond to 12 different hypothetical situations. In these situations the participant was to imagine that they were in an isolated area, confronted with by an aggressive individual. The religion and gender of the aggressor, as well as the severity of the aggression changed from one scenario to another.
At the lower level, the aggression was described as a light shove, which did not knock one off his feet and was not painful. This was accompanied by a curse. At the higher level, it was described as a painful slap accompanied by profuse cursing. The study found that the participants' responses were more moderate towards members of their same religion than they were towards members of the opposite religion. (Zeev Winstok, 57)
A fascinating paper, published in 2009, sought to examine different social identities at the same time. The paper publishes the results of two studies that…[continue]
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