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wishful thinking

Etymology: AS, wiscan + thencan, to think
the interpretation of facts or situations according to one's desires or wishes rather than as they exist in reality, usually used as an unconscious device to avoid painful or unpleasant feelings.
Dereistic thought that a thing or event should have a specified outcome

wishful thinking

Psychology Dereitic thought that a thing or event should have a specified outcome
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Steffens tries to make the distinction that the wishful thinker fantasizes but takes no action, whereas the self-deceiver is defined by his/her actions.
Guatemalan leaders are taking note as well, prompting some wishful thinkers to contemplate a "second peace" for Central America.
The problem from Syrian reformers' stand-point is that young President Assad, who inherited the "throne" from his father in July 2000, is surrounded by an old guard of wishful thinkers.
Wishful thinkers still hoping for Christmas snow will be disappointed, as Met Office experts say there's "absolutely no chance at all".
They ran to hide behind the skirts of the nanny states - fortunately, not quite as extinct as the wishful thinkers had imagined.
Commercial reality means there will be no change next year, whatever the wishful thinkers may argue.
I apologise to all the wishful thinkers for my disappointing non-presence," the Daily Express quoted him as telling the Los Angeles Times.
Yet only the naive or terminal wishful thinkers could even begin to hope that such an enormous sum will be the end of the spending cuts.
Budgets released by wishful thinkers in the White House forecast a reduction in future deficits, but there is little evidence of the powerful economic boom and rising tax revenues that would be required to reduce structural federal deficits.
He added that soon, it became evident that the wishful thinkers were mistaken and the US has not stopped its aggressive nature.
FACEBOOK FarmVille may have millions of wishful thinkers hooked, but for some that won't do.
This shows that contrary to some wishful thinkers, the Iranian street--especially the youth--are not rallied rank-and-file behind the former president.