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thinking

 [thingk´ing]
ideational mental activity (in contrast to emotional activity); the flow of ideas, symbols, and associations that brings forth concepts and reasons.
autistic thinking self-absorption; preoccupation with inner thoughts, daydreams, fantasies, delusions, drives, and personal logic. It is egocentric, subjective thinking lacking objectivity and preferring a narcissistic, inner, private reality to that with external validity. Used interchangeably with dereistic thinking, although differing in emphasis. Called also autism.
critical thinking a style of reasoning that involves a complex process of reflection and analysis. See accompanying table.
dereistic thinking thinking not in accordance with the facts of reality and experience and following illogical, idiosyncratic reasoning. Used interchangeably with autistic thinking, although not an exact synonym: dereistic emphasizes disconnection from reality and autistic emphasizes preoccupation with inner experience. Called also dereism.
magical thinking that characterized by the belief that thinking or wishing something can cause it to occur.
primary process thinking in psychoanalytic theory, primitive thought processes deriving from the id and marked by illogical form, preverbal content, an emphasis on immediate wish fulfillment, and an equating of thought and action. Such processes are characteristic of childhood and of dreams.
secondary process thinking in psychoanalytic theory, the more sophisticated thought processes, based on logic, obeying the rules of causality, and consistent with external reality. Such processes are characteristic of mature conscious thought.

magical thinking

irrational belief that one can bring about a circumstance or event by thinking about it or wishing for it; normal in preschool children, it also occurs in schizophrenia.

magical thinking

[maj′ikəl]
(in psychology) a belief that merely thinking about an event in the external world can cause it to occur. It is regarded as a form of regression to an early phase of development. It may be part of ideas of reference, considered normal in those instances, or may reach delusional proportions when the individual maintains a firm conviction about the belief, despite evidence to the contrary. It may be seen in schizophrenia.
The erroneous belief, similar to a normal stage of childhood development—Piaget’s pre-operational phase—that thoughts assume a magical power capable of influencing events without a physical action actually occurring; a conviction that thinking equates with doing, accompanied by an unrealistic understanding of cause and effect
Examples Dreams in children, in primitive peoples, and in patients under various conditions

magical thinking

Psychology Dereitic thinking, similar to a normal stage of childhood development, in which thoughts, words or actions assume a magical power, and are able to prevent or cause events to happen without a physical action occurring; a conviction that thinking equates with doing, accompanied by an unrealistic understanding of cause and effect Examples Dreams in children, in primitive peoples, and in Pts under various conditions

mag·ic·al think·ing

(maji-kăl thingking)
Irrational belief that one can bring about a circumstance or event by thinking about it or wishing for it; normal in preschool children, it also occurs in schizophrenia.

mag·ic·al think·ing

(maji-kăl thingking)
Irrational belief that one can bring about a circumstance or event by thinking about it or wishing for it.
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The significant associations between paranormal beliefs and the other three schizotypy scales are unlikely to be due solely to overlapping items, as the STA contains only 4 items (out of 33) referring to paranormal beliefs, the SPQ contains 7 such items (all within the Magical Thinking subscale and the Reality Distortion factor), and the Perceptual Aberration Scale contains no such items.
Something in the mainstream predisposition allows us to flip into easy denial, another form of magical thinking.
Kaminer, who is not a scientist, makes known on the first page her own indulgence in magical thinking.
Hickling says that "little ones do a lot of magical thinking around the issues of reproduction, if no one tells them the truth".
Tea Cake ironically remembers this insight when he ascribes god-like powers to the "bossman," but he does not realize that this is a piece of magical thinking that does him no good.
The author directs his focus towards the 'enchantment of technology', immanent in all technical activity, but reaching deep into the process of magical thinking in those arts where the transmutation of the materials of construction are apt to create a sense of the artist's access to a 'greater power'.
This scale also considers the magical thinking and perceptual illusions that often characterize schizotypal personality disorder.
The era of institutional denial and magical thinking in Washington has got to come to an end now.
That's important because - despite the magical thinking of opponents who believe undocumented immigrants would stay off the roads or, better yet in their minds, self-deport, if Measure 88 fails - the hard reality is that most would continue to drive vehicles on Oregon roads without driver cards, as they have done since state legislators in 2008 tightened the rules on Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division identification requirements, under pressure from federal authorities.
In chapter 12, Offit cites four proscriptions: 1) do not fail to recommend conventional therapies that are helpful; 2) do not promote potentially harmful therapies without adequate warning; 3) do not drain patients' bank accounts; and 4) do not promote magical thinking.
And it's a defeat for those who value clear, expert consensus and science over magical thinking.
Though some reviewers have compared Say Her Name to Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking and Joyce Carol Oates's A Widow's Story, a most-fitting analogue is Leonard Michaels's Sylvia.