An American minister and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking) and a progenitor of “positive thinking”. His ideas were not accepted by mental health experts. (May 31, 1898 – Dec 24, 1993)
Peale's works came under criticism from several mental health experts, one of whom directly said Peale was a con man and a fraud. These critics appeared in the early 1950s after the publication of The Power of Positive Thinking. Critics claimed: 1. Hard to substaniate; 2. Concealed hypnosis; 3. Exaggerated fears; 4. Theological critique.