Fuck you, @DrWayneWDyer, for shilling bullshit to the unemployed (and gullible)!

Forty-eight hours ago, I’d never fucking heard of Dr. Wayne Dyer.

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Then my friend, Jeff R., sent me a request to check out his interview on Media Bistro with Dr. Dyer here and post a response. I did and did. And I was quoted here. With a link to my alter ego.

With the opening exchange of…

So What Do You Do, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Bestselling Author and Speaker?

“I don’t write the books — God does.”

…I got nervous. What ensued was this deluge of wanna-be-The Secret horseshit on how if you just pretend you have the job of your dreams… you’ll have the job of your dreams. It sounded so familiar. Where had I heard this crap before? Oh, that’s right, from these guys!

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For about ten years, I was indoctrinated to believe that if you imagine something (or “visualize” as was often said), it’ll become real. It will “manifest” itself in your life. They had a couple of terms for this. One was “prosperity consciousness”; if you imagine being prosperous, you will be. Another was “positive affirmation”; if you declare that something (good) is, it will be. It was all based on the bullshit notion that like attracts like, arguably loosely based on the actual social phenomenon of happy, fun people liking to hang out with other happy, fun people. But as Unity’s claims of money flowing into your life, The Secret’s claim of shiny, new cars flowing into your life, or Dr. Dyer’s claims of employment flowing into your life, all because you want it to and imagine it happening, there is not one shred of objectively verifiable evidence to back up one lick of any of it.

Zilch.

But that doesn’t stop Dr. Dyer. Oh, no.

“If people believe what I’m saying is just a bunch of nonsense, then they’re right.”

–Dr. Dyer

Oh, ho ho. Isn’t that cute? See how he does that? His whole thing is belief=reality, therefore if you BELIEVE that what he preaches is bullshit, then hey, that’s (your) REALITY!

“If you got fired from a job, then that’s the universe’s way of telling you, ‘You’ve been doing this long enough.'”

–Dr. Dyer

Or it’s the company’s way of saying, “You suck ass, now get the fuck out!” I’ve always enjoyed/been annoyed by the supposition that the universe is this giant, mothering teddy bear who just happens to have the same traits as the American notion of karma, happens to care about us and our lives, and, despite being perceptively infinite, it gives two shits about one ape-like species on the third rock.

“I asked him how he learned to juggle and he answered, ‘All you have to do is Google “How to juggle” and it’s right on there.’ See? You have to be open to the opportunities you’re surrounded by.”

–Dr. Dyer

Is he honestly suggesting that responsible adults juggle in parks for a living?? I get that he’s using an analogy and it’s a cute one, but his point kind of falls flat given that such a hobby might work for a kid wanting to earn $200 a day, but that doesn’t exactly cover healthcare expenses for middle-class families. Often, we adults can’t simply do whatever might strike our fancy. We have limitations of skills, location, pay, benefits, etc.

“First of all, I’d be grateful that I didn’t have to work at that factory any longer. Put yourself in a state of gratitude [for being fired or the factory closing]. Then, act on those feelings and you will be guided.”

–Dr. Dyer

By what?? God? So God has the power to guide us to new employment, but not to keep factories open?

“The fundamental truth is you become what you think about. If you’re thinking about unemployment, or how bad the economy is, or all the reasons why you can’t do something, you’ll get exactly that. Instead, align yourself with the type of energy you want to attract and those kinds of people will show up in your life.”

–Dr. Dyer

Fundamental truth, eh? •Thinking about becoming globe-trotting billionaire. Still thinking about it. Still thinking.• Align yourself with the energy. This is something about the New Age movement I’ve never enjoyed. This ridiculous and weird notion that what science says about energy is somehow wrong and that there are multiple types of energy, including positive and negative energy. Like if you think about happy things, your body is physically producing positive energy. And yet, with no scientific basis for this notion whatsoever, so many people, with straight faces, make similar claims all the time. And then they buy Dr. Dyer’s books!

Notice, too, how he makes an absolute claim about reality. “Align yourself… and those kinds of people will show up in your life.” Not “may”, not “this isn’t a guarantee”, but “will.” They “will show up in your life.” I wonder, does he have any verified cases of this ever happening in the history of the world, or is this one of those conveniently anecdotal, confirmation bias things where you would’ve had to have been there?

“If people believe what I’m saying is just a bunch of nonsense, then they’re right. They’ve got themselves convinced. I don’t try to convince them of anything. I don’t need science to validate what I’m saying. Inside each and every one of us, we have a divine intelligence. When people think they can’t do something and they act upon that thought, they shut themselves out of the opportunities that exist around them. If they’re focusing on all the things missing, blaming the economy or the President, or the weather, or whatever else, they’re closing the doors. Yet, if you align with the world and see the goodness in it, then you elevate your life.”

–Dr. Dyer

How does his “convinced” criticism not also apply to just about anything? And how is it not an excuse? He’s basically saying that if I think he’s full of crap, he is in my life because I think so. But doesn’t he understand that there is such a thing as objective reality? Space shuttles don’t rocket into space because I think they can. They do so because of established scientific laws. To act as if reality is 100% malleable based entirely on one’s personal attitude towards anything is obviously not true.

“I don’t need science to validate what I’m saying.”

–Dr. Dyer

Yeah, because it doesn’t! I love how bullshit-shuckers like Dr. Dyer love science when it comes to having Twitter accounts or flying in planes to get to book events, or hell, stringing lines of graphical representations of linguistic phonemes together on flattened sheets of crushed wood fiber, but when it comes to verifying their bullshit, suddenly science is this bastard child of amateur magic tricks.

Divine intelligence?? What is that?? I mean, really, what does that mean? There’s a piece of a god in us? Is that what that means? Is it supremely intelligent or just so-so? And how does he know any of this??

His last bits I actually agree with. Obviously, if someone sits around his house all day whining about not having a job, he won’t get one. He has to look for one. But looking for one and pretending he has one are two very, very different things.

And, finally, here we go:

“I don’t write the books. God writes the books and delivers the speeches. He’s doing this interview right now. He builds all the bridges. I don’t own any of these words. I don’t know where they’re coming from. I don’t take any credit for any of this.”

–Dr. Dyer

Nice. No, really, that’s fucking brilliant. God writes your books? What does that make you, a stenographer? And a thief? I mean, seriously, if God writes your books and you collect money for them, isn’t that really God’s money? God’s jet? God’s “empire”? Oh, and God’s income taxes you voluntarily pay? Does that mean that it’s God who shirks responsibility for what you say and do? God who says He doesn’t need science?

And what’s with the false modesty? I’ve never understood that about religious people. Why can’t Dr. Dyer simply say, “That’s right. I’m a multi-millionaire, multi-platinum, book-chucking badass!” All this, “It wasn’t me. It was the one-armed man (in the sky)” is just fucking ridiculous and childish.

And now for some graphics, ’cause I know you kids like your graphics!

Because, yeah, imagining what you want is so much harder than any other aspect of making it happen.

What dormant forces??  What is he talking about?  Abundance streams into your life?  How?  From where?  How does he know this?

Is everything everywhere a miracle?  If so, is another word for miracle “thing” or “stuff”?  What’s this “divine intelligence” thing?  What properties does it have?  How does Dr. Dyer know?

Finally, here’s my unedited response to Dr. Dyer’s interview:

“As a formerly twice-laid-off private school teacher, I can attest to the difficulties of being unemployed. What Dr. Dyer is (partially) preaching is false and I challenge him to prove otherwise. His claim that he doesn’t have to is a cop-out of responsibility he willingly takes on as the one making the positive claim of woo-woo crap having any bearing on reality.

“The facts are that there are X number of jobs out there and Y number of people who want them. X is often, though not always, smaller than Y. This means the obvious that in order to get a job, one often has to make one’s self stand out from the pool of other applicants. While this might be a difficult task, as evidenced by history, it’s not impossible.

“When I was laid off the first time a few years ago, it was due to circumstances beyond my control. Due to unrelated issues, I was non-functionally depressed and so voluntarily spent many months without employment, living off of savings. When I was finally ready to be responsible again, I faced the same challenges everyone does. But it wasn’t ‘aligning’ myself with ‘energy’ that worked. It was someone I knew recommended me for a teaching position that just happened to be open. I submitted my resume, interviewed, and was hired. No karma. No healing crystals. No meditation. Just plain resume and inter-personal communication.”

After a year and a half at that job, the school eliminated my position. Luckily, I’d been looking for, and had already found, another job. But there was no “manifesting” in this either. I’d been looking for months and, out of desperation, posted my resume on monster.com. I’d never had any success with the service, but figured I had nothing to lose. The company with whom I got the job found me–not I them. I went in for a skill test, passed it, went in for an interview, passed it, and have been working there ever since.

“My objection is that Dr. Dyer pretends that there are forces beyond arithmetic and social logistics at work here. It’s true that I didn’t sit around and feel depressed at my lack of a job or my possession of a bad job. But I also didn’t “manifest” anything by imagining myself in better conditions. I posted a resume on monster.com and the company found me. That’s it. If anyone thinks there was more to it, then anyone would have to prove it. They won’t because they can’t.”

–me

21 Responses to “Fuck you, @DrWayneWDyer, for shilling bullshit to the unemployed (and gullible)!”

  1. Beautifully argued in the face of smug platitudes. I hate charlatans like this as much as I hate religions for doing the same thing, preying on the desperate in the guise of being helpful and profiting from desperation instead of actually doing something to help.

    • Anton A. Hill Says:

      Thanks! “Profiting from desperation” is a great way to put it. Wish I’d said that. Now that I think about it, how is what Dr. Dyer does fundamentally different from carpet bagging? Find someone who’s desperate, promise to help them, then take what they have. It’s not stealing because it’s done with consent, but it’s not ethically entirely different.

  2. Anton A. Hill Says:

    I don’t actually know that “carpetbagging” is accurate, but as far as I recall, it’s a suitable analogy. The problem is that it’s not •technically• theft since the “victims” hand over their cash voluntarily, and since his assertions can’t technically be proved fraud, he gets away with it.

  3. […] is statement originated with activity that inspired this post. I have a zero-tolerance level for bullshit, but an even lower one (is that possible?) for New […]

  4. They used to call them snake oil salesmen. But these days there is not even any oil.

  5. You’re just a stupid moron and failure in life and jealous of Dyer who is a success. Deal with it. -The Universe

  6. Tom Joad Says:

    Awesome. Great article. Validity confirmed.

  7. sundayam Says:

    This had me really laughing a few times! We turned this on while getting ready for church – and we cannot STAND it!

    I just googled “dyer fraud” and found your site. It’s a comfort. Though I come from a religious family, I really respect honesty, & skepticism — but that’s really beside the point… We perceive this guy as a stain on PBS’s reputation every time he’s on. And I agree that this kind of flimflam argumentation… all the Incoherent Sermonizing… (it really is incoherent!)… can only appeal to the really desperate. And they are the ones who need the most help and the most strength. It’s unfortunate.

    • I havne’t seen Dr. Dyer’s bs on PBS, but I know enough about him to know he’s selling bullshit. Moreover, I just don’t like the Oprah/The Secret/Dr. Dyer notion that all you have to do to get what you want is imagine you already have it. It’s demonstrably false. And yet none of these assholes seems to care. Unfortunately, as long as there are desperate, gullible people out there willing to part with their cash, folks like Dr. Dyer will continue to pay their bills.

  8. Alex31416 Says:

    An unfortunate melding of Svengali and Rasputin (sans the murder), blended with an inoffensive Caspar Milquetoast brand of boring-hypno-delivery, who appears to have learned his vocabulary from the ever-popular “New Age Bullshit Generator.”

  9. As the good doctor Wayne Dyer says, whenever you get a cold coming on or even something a little more serious, say like leukemia, just choose to manifest wellness. Tell that devilish little ailment: “Thanks but no thanks. I don’t do sick so I can’t allow you to flourish in my body. You will now leave”. Then affirm to your self “I am well”, “I am healthy”. That’s all it takes to continue living a healthy divine life, free of illness.

    NOT!!!!!!!!

    R.I.P. Dr. Wayne Dyer
    d. August 30, 2015

  10. Great article! Although it may help to think positive I agree that thinking doesn’t replace action. But I believe that for the most part it’s hard to say what exactly leads someone to success. We have some ideas… take for example that Ive won half marathons. Although it did help to visualize the race, I spent many hours and miles training, as well as eating a high carb diet and getting rest. So it’s really difficult to say just thinking positive was the sole explanation. It was a variety of things.

  11. Thanks so much for your refreshing essay about Dyer… my least favorite thing about his BS is the current meme “You are the result of the choices you make”…. right. Because we have the choice to be rich, but we just don’t do it… *ha!

    We’re such losers to be a not-rich privileged self-satisfied arrogant white guy like he was. Let’s face it, every bad thing that happens to us is our own fault, according to Dyer. Otherwise, we’d be just like him! What a great way to blame innocent people for their own trouble. Poor? What? You must not have wished enough to be a successful con-man…

    We have no choice about so many things – the only thing we can do about our jobs is “choose” to leave them, etc. We can’t choose to be hired, we can only choose to be fired. We can’t choose our ailments or the illnesses of our friends and family, we can only “wish” them away. Divorce, loss, death… holy moly, we suck at “choosing”… !!

    Too bad he “chose” a fatal heart attack. At least it was in Hawaii…

    • My first question about assholes like Dyer is, “Why didn’t he choose to be a billionaire?” One of my friends is into some other inspirational schmuck whose main schtick is “Take a rich guy out to dinner and listen to what he says” with the notion that the only reason you’re not rich and he is is… he knows things you don’t? So I asked my friend how much this inspirational guru’s net worth was when he died. My friend didn’t know. I googled it. $12M. Granted, that’s more than I currently have, but it’s not stunningly high. Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest men in the world and as far as I know, he never took rich men out to dinner.

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