Confusion, Delusion, and Ignorance
New Age Beliefs are not credible and are often subject to ridicule. Why?
Because, New Age doctrines are so often a mish-mash of vague and contradictory claims, are eclectic to the point of meaninglessness, do not discriminate between knowledge and opinion, and are filled with magical thinking about so-called ancient, esoteric, and occult "truth".
They also put forth endless permutations of pseudoscience, replete with logical contradictions and sloppy thinking.
There is no "Secret"
Every few years, particularly in the U.S., a recycled version of “positive thinking” garners public attention, due to whatever marketing gimmick or celebrity endorsement happens to be most sellable at the time. Similar trends emerged in the era from the 1960s through the 1990s, including: "The Celestine Prophecy," "Mutant Message from Down Under", Louise Hayes “You Can Heal Your Life”, Carolyn Myss (why are you holding on to your illness?), and "You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought…" and so on.
Cultural historians, however, can go much farther back, and find very similar veins of public interest— back to the utopianism of Robert Owens, to the natural healing movements promoted by Kellogg and Post in the 1800s, and to Mary Baker Eddy’s Christian Science, among many others. And the early 20th century brought us Norman Vincent Peale, Dale Carnegie and countless others.
The point is: all of these groups from Science of Mind to Bernie Siegel to Deepak Chopra and dozens of others, promote similar unproven premises about thought creating reality that people get sucked into— instead of encouraging the life-long self-development work that helps us become mature and healthy people.
Recently the positive thinking and prosperity consciousness movements are linked to this “thought creates reality” school.
The Secret is one of the latest incarnations.
The “Secret” is that there is no secret
The Secret promotes pseudoscience based on false premises and easily-refuted assumptions: in particular, the so-called “Law of Attraction” and the “Thought Creates Reality” idea.