Respondents agree that this worldview is a very positive one. "An unreserved positive perspective," says one of the interviewees. One of the respondents tells how he got out of a severe life crisis on his own. The first step was to really get to the bottom of who he was and to be able to see his dark sides. Then, with the help of the thoughts of reincarnation and karma, he was able to reorient himself. These two basic ideas together constitute a unit with great explanatory power and logic, according to the respondent. It is the "key" that makes it possible to answer the big questions about existence, the nature and meaning of suffering and why fate is portrayed as it does. The interviewees talk about how they got rid of the anxiety and stress that had previously plagued them. Concerns about the private economy have also disappeared, as it is possible to have confidence that everything will work out in the end. By focusing your thoughts, it is also possible to mentally attract or attract what you want. This is referred to as "Law of Attraction", or "the tightening law" in Swedish, and "The Secret" respectively, and is popular today.
Someone tells about how she now feels braver, more stable and safe in herself, dares to challenge life and go new ways and, for example, to leave a destructive or stagnant love relationship when needed. One of the respondents objected to so many young people today being diagnosed with burnout. These may then need to go many years in therapy. An interviewee who herself has been in a similar situation says that it was by realizing how a turning point had to come from her own strength that she managed to improve her well-being. The fact that she herself went ashore with this without hiring a therapist meant that this feeling of being able to cope with problems on her own became strong.
Although the new-age thoughts explain that everything happens with a purpose and that there is no reason to be upset, this is not always easy to live up to, or even something to strive for, according to one of the respondents:
I don't think I'm coming to terms with difficult experiences for this. I do not come to terms with the fact that there were concentration camps, I do not come to terms with the fact that when I have had close relatives who have died of cancer, for example. It's not something I come to terms with, and think it's going to be okay, because it was so and so. But I think it was absolutely terrible.
Although the beneficial effects the respondents tell us about should not be diminished, it can be difficult to understand whereupon the perception of the new spirituality as optimistic or positive is actually based. Perhaps the new system of thought can attract a somewhat manic approach from which it becomes justified to describe existence in this way. However, respondents seem to have slightly different resilience to this. About a special group of defense mechanisms, dedicated to protecting us from looming abandonment or depression, Winnicott writes (1993):
It is precisely when we use the manic defense that we are least likely to feel that we are defending ourselves against depression. At such times, we are more likely to feel elated, happy, active, eager, joking, omniscient, "full of life." At the same time, we are less interested than usual in serious things and in the horror of hatred, destruction and killing (Winnicott, 1993, p.197).