Is Magical Thinking Good or Bad

1458 WordsFeb 22, 20186 Pages
Magical thinking is the phenomena in which an unrelated, or sometimes irrational, reciprocity is inferred between events, actions and thought, when scientific consensus confirms there is none. Active magical thinking involves the belief that one has even one iota of control influencing causality. For example, empathising over a situation and offering to keep ones ‘fingers crossed’ for a good outcome. On the other hand passive magical thinking pertains to the situation being out of one’s control, ‘que sera sera.’ Acts of God and Karma are passive forms of magical thinking as the individual believes that they have no jurisdiction over the circumstances. In today’s modern society magical thinking is more prevalent than some recognize in cases such as the religious or superstitious using the said way of introspective expecting some form or recompense or to be the benefactor of good fortune. However, magical thinking can have detrimental effects on health. It is known for people to repeat specific actions to ward off misfortunes; the presence of which would collaborate with the lack of said action. In a clinical sense, this is the anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This disorder is characterised by thoughts such as fear, worry and horror, often deemed irrational, and thought by the patient to be banished by the combination and completion of one or more compulsive action; hence categorizing the ailment as a form of magical thinking. This cultivates the
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