The Secret, a documentary review

A documentary review written by: Lee Sonogan

1hr30min (2006) Documentary

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The self-help book that claims that thoughts can change a person’s life directly. In the same year the book came out a film was made presenting a law of attraction hypothesis. While at the time it got media attention from such people as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Larry King in modern times it has received many negative reviews. In my opinion, it holds important messages but overplays what visualization is all about.

This documentary has a method to change how people think to a more positive way. But the claims being made are not consistently backed up by any solid proof. I disliked how it emphasized on money, welfare and happiness and not any personal growth which overall made the whole documentary seem superficial. If you can read between the lines then maybe you can get something out of this documentary as many people have but it is very repetitive and hard to watch in a lot of parts.

Faith and belief can be a powerful tool to self-motivate. But the length on how they pushed a narrative of irresponsibility was ignorant towards the need for principles such as balance, contentment, sharing, patience, critical thinking, and much more obvious ideas. Using the philosophy from many subjects/fields, in the end, what was presented was more dangerous towards the unintelligent than the positive.

PS – Watch the video below to see some of the most ridiculous parts of the documentary well deservedly mocked.


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