I completely disagree.
Here is the reality: We ARE ALL participating in this recession because we are all alive and part of this world and economy we live in.
Those who do well in a crisis FACE reality head-on. It is common sense. It is also what responsible research has found.
Let me say it again: there "ain't any stinkin' positive thinkin'" anywhere to be found when you look at research on how super-resilient people handle crises.
Based on Kathryn Cramer, Ph.D.'s research on super-resilient people
Stage 1 has two steps that should be done simultaneously: FIRST: assess honestly how the economic crisis affects you -- face facts -- and start to brainstorm about what you need to do to protect yourself. DON'T RUSH INTO ACTION....but just come up with ideas. SECOND: Control any panic reactions you are having (remember that "we have nothing to fear but fear itself.")
When panic reactions are under control -- then you can look at your defensive ideas and start to implement them, stage 2. Failure to take comprehensive defensive early means the crisis can still drag you down. And you can start brainstorming about what you might do now that your old plans are out the window.
Once you have implemented your protective measures, you can start in stage 3 to make decisions about what opportunities or actions would be in your best interest to move on in life.
In stage 4 you start implementing your decisions and tracking your progress.
Positive thinking about real estate values and stock prices is a lot of what got us in this crisis. Realism is what is going to get us out of it.
For detailed techniques for each stage and copious research citations, see the book Staying on Top When Your World Turns Upside Down by Katherine Cramer, Ph.D., available through Amazon.