These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The Secret
Adaptation Displacement: Most people think of The Secret as a self-help book, not realizing that it was based on a film that Byrne had released eight months earlier (she was, after all, a TV producer before she became a self-help guru). A fairly mild case, though, as the reason the book was released in the first place was because the film was such a runaway success.
Unfortunate Implications: Hoo boy. This book's basic message is "You don't need to actually work for anything in your life — all you need is to want it badly enough, and it will come to you!" The inverse, meanwhile, is also true — bad thoughts create bad luck. So does this mean that, if you lost your family in the Holocaust, on 9/11, or in the 2004 tsunami, it was because you weren't thinking positively enough?
Apparently yes. On the last, Byrne supposedly stated the victims of the tsumani "must have been thinking about waves" and brought it on themselves.
It gets worse. If you prepare for an emergency or disaster, you are essentially telling the universe that you want that emergency or disaster to happen to you. So if you take precautions against rape, you're literally asking for it.