03 Jan 2019

Magic thinking

Any attempt to understand and manipulate the human condition by recourse to supernatural powers. In particular the term is used to describe the belief that there is a causal link between one’s wishes and the real world, that ‘wishing can make it so’. Said to be typical of children, psychotics and pre-literate peoples. Would that I had a tenner for every ‘normal’ adult in our own advanced civilisation who engages in magic thinking.

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