Magical Thinking

A form of purely imaginative cognition exhibited in childhood, in which children pretend that they will be able to get whatever they wish for without regard for the actual realities of the world.

Not limited to children, magical thinking is a common trait exhibited by the emotionally immature — who never quite outgrow this habit of allowing wishful thinking to cloud their judgment and behavior.

It is also a common trait exhibited by those with personality disorders in Cluster B, whose fundamental characteristic is extreme narcissism. These individuals’ extreme self-centeredness has fooled them into believing they really do possess some sort of omnipotence, with which to bend the world to their (magical) will.