Magical Thinking

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
  • ostriching
  • denial
  • avoidance
  • emotional immaturity
  • narcissism & Cluster B
  • Marshmallow Minds