The Psychology of Feng Shui: Is Feng Shui Really an Effective Remedy?
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The Psychology of Feng Shui: Is Feng Shui Really an Effective Remedy?

The ancient art of feng shui holds appeal for some people, while others disregard it's merits. Most want to know if it's genuine and can truly be effective. This article looks at the psychological aspects of feng shui.

Feng shui is an ancient art which concludes that your material surroundings can affect your spiritual existence and emotional wellbeing. According to feng shui experts the placement of objects in your home can bring you happiness and success, or sadness and failure. Whether you think this is true may be put down to your beliefs and acceptance that you can alter your life for good or bad simply by creating the right environment.

To non-believers the idea that their lives can be greatly affected by where they place a mirror in their home or whether they remember to put the toilet lid down after use can seem ridiculous. Indeed many may think that feng shui is just another way people have inadvertently created a method to help them think they can control their destiny easily.

Mankind is naturally fearful of change and about not knowing the future and how it will affect them. Psychologists sometimes believe that it is this fear which drives people to put faith in the unbelievable and live their lives by certain rules, adopting particular behaviors, in an attempt to manage their anxiety.

Feng shui however, may have a few undeniable strengths to support at least some of its claims. Feng shui followers are encouraged to refrain from having objects on view in their homes which may disturb and unsettle their subconscious. Hence sharp angled objects, like plants with pointed leaves and the corners of square tables, are not suitable for individuals who want to create a harmonious place to live or work.

Following a similar line of thought according to feng shui rules it’s not wise to place a mirror on the wall which faces the end of your bed. The thought is that if you see yourself reflected from the corner of your eye your mind will be disturbed. You may subconsciously feel troubled as you imagine an intruder is in your bedroom. As such thoughts are not immediately felt fully they will lay in the deepest part of your brain where they’ll disturb your sleep and relaxation.

Another feng shui rule which makes sense is to do with clocks and time. If you follow feng shui you’re not supposed to have a clock in your dining room. Being able to see it frequently will spoil the experience of eating and relaxing with your fellow table mates as you keep checking to see how much time has passed.

It’s thought to be rude to give a clock as a gift to an elderly individual, as being reminded of time will provoke them into thinking about the fact that they don’t have long left, and this in turn may damage their peace and tranquillity.

We know that subliminal advertising can affect us and make us want to buy something. Upfront advertising which is repeated before our eyes may do the same job. Therefore isn’t it sensible to make our environment feel safe and secure too, so that our brain isn’t distracted or disturbed?

At the same time can clock watching ever be healthy? Time may be relative but it can become a burden if you measure it via a clock on the wall. Imagine how much freedom we would gain without the concept of adhering to time constraints we impose on ourselves and each other. Of course chaos may ensue, but we could refrain from relying on clocks when doing so is unnecessary.

It would seem that feng shui may not merely be a gimmick used to sooth our fear of change after-all. You may not see any value in following all feng shui practices, but perhaps a few may have a positive affect on your life if you embrace them.

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Comments (7)

Very good article. I have heard alot of talk about Feng Shui but was completely ignorant as to what it really is. I do believe that environment plays a big role in how one feels which will in turn affect how your life goes. I shall have to look into this more closely. Thanks for sharing.

This is really interesting. I always thought feng shui was wishy washy and disregarded it. But this article made sense of it for me, and I will be making some changes in my home. Voted up for sure! :)

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Thank-you Richard and Erin, glad I've sparked an interest in the subject

This is a great read, I totally agree that clock watching, especially at meal time, is not a health promoting practice. I really didn't know a thing about Feng shui until you started writing these really encouraging articles. Great work, Brigit :D

I do believe that its all in the fate of the believer. Good article, thanks.

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Thanks Norma and Phoenix :)

Thanks for sharing this excellent piece of work.