I appreciate the realism with which Guy Winch writes about personal empowerment. As a therapist, I work with many people who are over utilizing positivistic thinking, such as affirmations, to enhance their personal power. My observation is that such an approach is often hollow. The affirmations—which certainly can be useful—are often suppressing underlying problems that must be resolved before the person affirming their own power will actually be able to exercise their power.
My particular focus is on language, because I see that the structure of our language is based on a victim/perpetrator model. We too often reduce complex matters into black and white, right and wrong explanations. In teaching people to learn and use Green Speak, which is the only subjective language I'm aware of, people step out of the victim role and empower themselves with this language—which is a language of personal responsibility.