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magical thinking

a conviction that thinking is equivalent to doing, occurring in dreams, the thought patterns of children, and some types of mental disorders, especially obsessive-compulsive disorder. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • magical thinking is so much easier than scientific understanding.
  • In ancient times, people relied on magical thinking to explain disease and attempt cures.
  • Finds that older children outperformed younger children, who tended to exhibit magical thinking.
  • The house is evidence that with some nerve and magical thinking, great work can come from humble origins.
  • Children this age are considered egocentric and can engage in magical thinking.
  • Because they have considerable magical thinking at this age, their perception dominates judgment.

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