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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 [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Hutson
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‘Astonishing … a fascinating insight into the science and research behind some of the most inspiring and perplexing phenomena in our lives… For sceptics and believers alike this book is likely to interest, challenge and provoke.’ We Love This Book

"Matthew Hutson promises to convince the most hard-core skeptics and rationalists that they believe in magic, and he succeeds--with wit and clarity and scientific rigor."
-SHARON BEGLEY, author of "Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain"

"A remarkably creative synthesis of the science behind magical
thinking threaded through with a very personal narrative that engages
the reader."
-BRUCE HOOD, PH.D., author of SuperSense and The Self Illusion

"With wit and respect for both the rational and the irrational,
Hutson reveals the pervasiveness of superstition and 'magical
thinking,' even among people who consider themselves totally
rational."
-ALAN LIGHTMAN, PH.D., author of Einstein's Dreams

"This is a book that you pick up but can't put down. Hutson,
intelligently and entertainingly, gives us the best kind: one that
gives us insight to our very core. Highly recommended!"
-ORI BRAFMAN, co-author of Sway and Click

"In this brilliant, exhilarating book, Matthew Hutson surveys the new
science of belief and irrationality to reveal the delights of the
human capacity for magical thinking."
-DACHER KELTNER, PH.D., author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a
Meaningful Life

"In this wickedly funny and deeply clever book, Matthew Hutson makes
a radical claim: all of us, whether we accept it or not, believe in
magic."
-PAUL BLOOM, PH.D., author of Descartes' Baby and How Pleasure Works

"This book about thinking is magical. It's the perfect blend of
astonishing stories, up-to-date science, awe, beauty, disgust, and
humor. It's science journalism at its best."
-JONATHAN HAIDT, PH.D., author of The Happiness Hypothesis and The
Righteous Mind


"A remarkably creative synthesis of the science behind magical thinking, threaded through with a very personal narrative that engaged the reader. Five Stars."
BBC Focus

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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. 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1830 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CY6RRNG
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00871VYBI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining 11 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback
This is very informative, amusing and entertaining. I'm always a bit wary of books dealing with psychology that are absolutely loaded with experiments conducted by university students on other university students - I see why they are necessary but this book doesn't have too many of them. There are various personal ancedotes, stories from the press and even TV documentaries which the author uses to illuminate why "counterfactual thinking" can be beneficial. I found that this variety of approaches kept each chapter fresh. I can now talk to my cat or swear at my PC safe in the knowledge that anthropomorphism are animism are good for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 14 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book. It was featured on Unsolved Mysteries on Sky TV several times. It's really about forward thinking, and it works when it's put into practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking material 18 Sep 2013
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Simple but effective to use the information in this book to bring about positive changes to your life by knowing the magic that is real
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