Psychocybernetics derives its origin from metaphysics. This is a philosophical view which believes that it is possible for man to control himself and his universe through positive thinking and affirmation. It also believes in the essential deity of man. These ideas were articulated in America by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Phinehas Quimby.
These views also had an impact in the teachings of others, like Norman Vincent peale, Ralph Waldo trine and Zig Ziglar. The term psychocybernetics was made popular by Maxwell Maltz in the 1960s.
Through the works of Norman Vincent Peale, psychocybernetics was able to penetrate the mainstream society in the United States. Other pro-founders, like Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy have also done much to make the views acceptable.
The law of attraction is a major part of these teachings. It is believed that by focusing the mind and thoughts on a particular issue, it is possible to actualize it or attract its manifestation.
This may be done through several techniques which include visualization with the inner eye, affirmation and positive confession, and the practice of various forms and techniques of meditation. The active agency in this is the latent divinity believed to reside in the human being.
These practices are now very popular and practised by a lot of people. Positive thinking is commonly advocated as a way to solve various mood swings. The process of visualization is employed by people to accomplish tasks. Affirmations and positive confession are continuously advocated as means to get one’s goal properly accomplished.
Many successful people regularly practice the principles of psychocybernetics and the law of attraction. However, there are some who oppose these teachings, citing them as metaphysical philosophies.
No matter what, it is important to realize that psychocybernetics is so widely practised that it is likely to remain in the mainstream in the foreseeable future.