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Magic and the Mind: Mechanisms, Functions, and Development of Magical Thinking and Behavior

Eugene Subbotsky


In children, magical thinking has traditionally been viewed as an immature form of thinking that is destined to diminish with age. With some exceptions, the study of magical thinking and magical beliefs in adults has mostly remained on the fringes of psychology, along with the study of such topics as superstitions, anomalistic beliefs, and parapsychology. In this book, I argue that the role of magical thinking in child development and in adult life should be reconsidered. In children, magical thinking is an important part of cognitive development. In adults, magical thinking and magical belief ... More

Keywords: magical thinking, magical beliefs, magical reality, participation, suggestibility, mind control, creativity, subconsciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eugene Subbotsky, author
Lancaster University, UK