Medical Minute: Magical Thinking

A Jan. 8 telephone poll conducted by Pollposition.com (as reported by USA Today) found that 59.9% of African Americans believed that God helped Denver Boncos quarterback Tim Tebow win football games.

That same poll showed that a whopping 81% of Hispanics also believed that God ordered Tebow’s steps on the football field. White people, who are the least to believe in magic or superstition, ranked last with just 31% of them believing that God would influence the outcome of a football game in favor of one individual.

Magical thinking is the belief that thinking about something can cause it to occur.

According to Psychology Today, “Magical thinking is defined as believing that one event happens as a result of another without a plausible link of causation.”

According to Psychology Today, Magical Thinking keeps us from “making the necessary effort to achieve our goals.”

While magical thinkers waste time waiting for something good to happen to them by sheer luck (such as buying lottery tickets) — logical thinkers take the initiative to go out and make things happen for themselves.

Magical Thinking separates clearly logical thinkers such as Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates from the guy who sees a penny on the ground and believes it will bring him luck or riches with minimal effort on his part.

Magical Thinkers usually find themselves caught up in the mass hysteria generated by the news media. For example, the saturation news coverage of hapless Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Tebow’s self-serving Prayer pose after every touchdown was quickly seized upon by the news media, who seemed to suggest that God helped Tebow win games.

So how do you stop your dependency on Magical Thinking?

Stop allowing others to think for you, such as your friends or the news media (who are often biased in their reporting); or the Pastor who spits fire and brimstone in the pulpit but he sleeps with teenage boys behind closed doors.

Don’t just take someone’s word for it — especially not the news media, blogs, or tabloids.

Trust in yourself and strengthen your own inner ability to recognize truth from fiction.

If you’re not sure about something, do your own research using quick reference guides such as the internet (Google.com), a book (written by experts who are knowledgeable on the subject), or a dictionary.

Photos: REUTERS



 


31 Responses to “Medical Minute: Magical Thinking”

  1. 1
    momo says:

    I love Tebow. I think he’s humble & such a cutie!

  2. 2
    Yall still crazy says:

    *changes the post to politics*

    Isn’t it something that the (supposedly) religious conservatives don’t want to help people out? :shrug:

    They’d rather have folks suffer and die :coffee:

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    GAGIRL87 says:

    A Jan. 8 telephone poll conducted by Pollposition.com (as reported by USA Today) found that 59.9% of African Americans believed that God helped Denver Boncos quarterback Tim Tebow win football games.

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    Really :shrugs: I’m weak off this topic :lol:

  4. 4
    GAGIRL87 says:

    Sandra this chit CRAY!!!!!! :grin:

  5. 5
    The Makeup Maven says:

    Sandra – NOT TODAY! :nono: :lol:

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    lovezoe says:

    I don’t think Tebow was praying for a W. I think he was playing for clarity and strength. There is no rules on what to and what not to pray for.

  7. 7
    The Makeup Maven says:

    <—- wonders if Tim Tebow was wearing "red bottoms" on his cleats just to piss Zoe Zoe off! :thinking:

  8. 8
    ChocD aka C.D. says:

    :coffee:

  9. 9
    TPtotalpackage says:

    Wait we are equating “faith in God” :pray: to “magical thinking”???? Lemme head to King Day at the Dome. I ain’t got time… :kona:

  10. 10
    Doc Holiday says:

    Broncos got smashed by the Pats!

  11. 11
    Kcooks25 says:

    Its nothing wrong with having faith. That’s how our people made it through slavery.

  12. 12
    ChocD aka C.D. says:

    Don’t just take someone’s word for it — especially not the news media, BLOGS, or tabloids.
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    Sandra you said a mouthful just in that lil sentence :coffee:

  13. 13
    princessdyan™ says:

    I don’t. Know about “magical thinking” but I do know that you are rewarded by your faith. If you have faith that goodness and blessing will come your way then you will receive goodness and blessing. But if you are always negative and think the worst like “oh I will never be good enuff or I will never get out of this hole” then you never will because again we are rewarded by our faith and if you put your faith in negativity so shall you be rewarded negativity.

    PREACH.

  14. 14
    The Makeup Maven says:

    *wing wing wing…..HERRO?!* :drops dead: :rofl:

  15. 15
    lovezoe says:

    @tatted–you see Kelly Rowland talking about “red bottoms”?! Doing the most!! :rofl:

  16. 16

    @GA, I didn’t get an email. :no: Can you send it again?

  17. 17
    The Makeup Maven says:

    @ Zoe Zoe – No, I didn’t see it! :rofl:

  18. 18

    *stands in the :kona: and pouts cuz all yall left me in the other post*
    :sad:

  19. 19
    The Makeup Maven says:

    <—- DIDN'T LEAVE MIR MIRS IN NO OTHA POST! :nono:

  20. 20
    lovezoe says:

    @Tatted I’m gone be good. :rofl:

  21. 21
    vero says:

    **yawns**

  22. 22
    The Makeup Maven says:

    @ Zoe Zoe – I hope so! We don’t need no upset “motha to be!” :nono:

  23. 23
    eastpointvet says:

    the lord doesnt spend his time deciding outcomes of football games.

  24. 24
    GAGIRL87 says:

    16 Unpredictable says:

    @GA, I didn’t get an email. Can you send it again?

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    Give me your email again so I can save it to my “work” email address book b/c your saved in my “home” email address book sorry hun :(

  25. 25
    lovezoe says:

    @tatted- I know!! Don’t need early labor.

  26. 26

    @GA, mismommy0806 @ yahoo

  27. 27
    Sandra Rose says:

    Kcooks25 says:

    Its nothing wrong with having faith. That’s how our people made it through slavery.
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    Actually our people are still in slavery. Look around you. :coffee:

  28. 28
    Sandra Rose says:

    eastpointvet says:

    the lord doesnt spend his time deciding outcomes of football games.
    _____________________
    :clap:

  29. 29
    amatrex says:

    That sign is hilarious. :hahaha:

  30. 30
    pointhimout says:

    football OD this weekend. great games too. The falcons probably realize that placing by default does not make you a champinship team. I bet they were banking on someone else knocking the saints out, only, they couldn’t even hold on long enough to enjoy it. wack ass team. all of em.

  31. 31
    MUNCHOSGIRL says:

    I don’t. Know about “magical thinking” but I do know that you are rewarded by your faith. If you have faith that goodness and blessing will come your way then you will receive goodness and blessing. But if you are always negative and think the worst like “oh I will never be good enuff or I will never get out of this hole” then you never will because again we are rewarded by our faith and if you put your faith in negativity so shall you be rewarded negativity.

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    I RANTED ON ANOTHER BOARD ABOUT TEBOW, AND HOW HIS SUCCESS ON THE FIELD IS ACCREDITED TO THE GOOD LORD ALMIGHTY OR JESUS, IF YOU WILL, YET HOW OUR BLACK ENTERTIANERS SUCCESS IS ACCREDITED TO THE DEVIL, BLAGIC MAGIC, OR SOMETHING SINISTER. ALL IN ALL IF YOU ARE GOOD AT WHAT YOU DO, THE RESULTS WILL SHOW.

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