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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 tanner for every 'normal' adult in our own advanced civilization who engages in magic thinking.

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