In an International Congress of psychology in Malaysia, I met a Russian, he strongly recommended to me positive psychotherapy theory founded by him.
He told a test he did: two rats into a water container, they will desperately struggling to survive, the general maintenance time is 8 minutes. Then, he put the other two rats in the same vessel, they struggled in 5 minutes, add a can let them climb out of the vessels of the springboard, the two rats can live. After a few days, then the rats escape from death in a great catastrophe in the same vessel, the result is really surprising: two rats could insist on 24 minutes, 3 times in general is able to adhere to the time.
The psychologists concluded: two rats in front of, because there is no escape experience, they can only depend on own strength to survive; but had to escape the rat experience but more of a spiritual force, they believe in a certain time, a jumping board will save them out, which makes the they can persist for a longer time. This kind of spiritual strength, is a positive state of mind, or is the heart of hope for a good result.
At that time, I thought the two rats, always feel not the taste, just slightly horrified and said to him, hope what, finally, they are not dead. To my surprise, at this time, he told me: No, they are not dead. In twenty-fourth minutes, I think they are really not, take them out.
I asked: why would you do that?
He said: because there are active rats have value, more worth living. We should respect all hope, even the rat heart hope.
Hope is power. In many cases, the power of hope may be stronger than the power of knowledge, because only in that context, knowledge can be better utilized. A person, even if he has nothing, as long as he wants, he can have it all, and even if one has everything, but not with hope, you may lose everything he had.