a conviction that thinking is equivalent to doing, occurring in dreams, the thought patterns of children, and some types of mental disorders, especially obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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How to use magical thinking in a sentence
Entire countries engaged in this magical thinking, hoping to rely on herd immunity brought about by vaccines.
Except, a year and change into the pandemic, the one constant of the pandemic has been that no amount of magical thinking can will it away.
He seemed to dismiss their testimony, Grant said, as the magical thinking of supporters who were personally and heavily invested in Brooklyn’s success.To Get a Shot at Justice, They Were Forced to Prove Their Disabled Daughter’s Intelligence | by Carol Marbin Miller and Daniel Chang, Miami Herald | June 24, 2021 | ProPublica
Still, even as we stare hard facts in the face, a host of excuses disguised as stories—a whole bag of Tuits—remain in the cultural narrative atmosphere, propping up the magical thinking required to keep delaying action.The Urgent Need to Change the Language We Use to Talk About the Climate Crisis | John Freeman | April 21, 2021 | Time
It’s not a statement of fact so much as an act of magical thinking.Genius: Aretha Is a Lavish, Lively Showstopper That Hits a Few False Notes | Judy Berman | March 19, 2021 | Time
People notoriously avoid the doctor for this reason; magical thinking pops in.
My essential piece of magical thinking around writing is that it is a relationship, a collaboration, between me and the mystery.
The magical thinking lies not in saying that the world is interconnected, but rather in insisting that there is no overlap.CENTCOM Commander: Unresolved Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Meant 'I Paid a Military Security Price Every Day' | Emily L. Hauser | July 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Similar magical thinking is emerging recently about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Our African-American communities have largely bought into a form of magical thinking.