The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrationality Makes us Happy, Healthy, and Sane

The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrationality Makes us Happy, Healthy, and Sane

Why do rational people buy notions that seem utterly incredulous? (And that includes you.)

Everyone – even the most jaded and sceptical – believes in ‘magic’, in the form of luck, mind over matter, the power of similarities, jinxes, and destiny. In this wonderful exploration of psychology, Matthew Hutson takes us on a fascinating tour of magical thinking in everyday life, revealing the healing power of John Lennon’s piano; the reason gamblers kiss their tickets; and why admitting you have no free will staves off addiction.