Thread: Why Trump Is Never Wrong - Norman Vincent Peale

cyclone88 - 5/21/2020 at 06:04 PM

Thought this was an interesting perspective on Trump's mind-set. Don't know what it's never been put forth before when he's been called a narcissist or intractable or stubborn or worse. Maybe it's election propaganda to reel in Presbyterians. In any case, Trump describes himself as Norman Vincent Peale's "greatest student of all time." virus/index.html

The religious roots of Trump's magical thinking on coronavirus
Analysis by Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor

(CNN) As the novel coronavirus has spread across the globe, President Trump has repeated one phrase like a mantra: It will go away. Since February Trump has said the virus will "go away" at least 15 times, most recently on May 15. "It's going to disappear one day," he said on February 27. "It's like a miracle."

Invoking a miracle is an understandable response during a pandemic, but to some, the President's insistence that the coronavirus will simply vanish sounds dangerously like magical thinking -- the popular but baffling idea that we can mold the world to our liking, reality be damned.

Trump's response to the pandemic, his fulsome self-praise and downplaying of mass death seems contrary to reality. But long ago, his biographers say, Trump learned how to craft his own version of reality, a lesson he learned in an unlikely place: a church.

It's called the "power of positive thinking," and Trump heard it from the master himself: the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, a Manhattan pastor who became a self-help juggernaut.

"He thought I was his greatest student of all time," Trump has said.

Norman Vincent Peale wrote the bestselling 1952 self-help book, "The Power of Positive Thinking." It sold millions of copies.

Though they were professed Presbyterians, it's more accurate to call Trump's family Peale-ites. On Sundays, Trump's businessman father drove the family from Queens to Peale's pulpit at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. But the young Donald Trump was hooked. "He would instill a very positive feeling about God that also made me feel positive about myself," Trump writes in one of his books.

Peale peppered his sermons with pop psychology. "Attitudes are more important than facts," Peale preached. "Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding," Peale writes in "The Power of Positive Thinking." "Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade."

The problem with positive thinking: It tries to twist every situation into a "victory," even when reality demonstrates otherwise.

Sometimes, the reality is that you've failed and need to change course. But to Peale, that wasn't an option. Even self-doubt was a sin, he taught, an affront to God.

Peale's teachings can explain why Trump won't accept criticism. Peale had a problem with failure. That's one reason why the President refuses to accept any criticism or admit to any failure. To do so would puncture his bubble of positivity, not to mention his self-image.

[Edited on 5/22/2020 by cyclone88]

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BrerRabbit - 5/21/2020 at 07:03 PM

Reminds me of General Custer - altho George gets points for bravery.

cyclone88 - 5/21/2020 at 10:31 PM

Reminds me of General Custer - altho George gets points for bravery.

True, Custer refused to believe the reports of the size of the opposing forces, but he wasn't brave just bloodthirsty.

StratDal - 5/22/2020 at 02:23 AM

The bottom line is the president will sell out anyone or anything to win this election.

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