Magical Thinking is a development phase we all go through as children; unfortunately, some never come out of it fully. It’s a juvenile way of imagining you can wish reality into existence through the sheer force of your mind.
There is a role for Magical Thinking in key contexts, such as creative fields — as it is intimately tied to our capacity for imagination. But an inability to determine fact from our own invented fictions is something else entirely — and it’s dangerous. It undermines our sense of shared reality, which is the collective basis for things like a functioning justice system and working government. It endangers factuality itself in its disregard for the learnings of the Enlightenment.
Magical Thinking is related to:
- tribalism; the hive mind; lemming behavior
- Evangelicalism & Dominionism
- blind support for Donald Trump and his tribe long after they plead guilty to crimes and get sent to prison
- emotional immaturity
- narcissism & Cluster B
- Marshmallow Minds