The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking

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Pages: 304
Subject: Popular Science, Psychology
Imprint: Oneworld

The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking

How Irrationality Makes us Happy, Healthy, and Sane

Matthew Hutson

Drawing on evolutionary biology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience, former Psychology Today editor and science writer Hutson explores how the idea of magic permeates the way humans think – from the good luck charm to the paralyzing fear of death.
9781851689576 (3 Jan 2013)
RRP £8.99

The Book

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. 

Additional Information

Subject Popular Science, Psychology
Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Matthew Hutson is former News Editor at Psychology Today andhas written for Wired, Discover, the New York Times Magazine, and others. This is his first book.


‘This book is a remarkably creative synthesis of the science behind magical thinking, threaded through with a very personal narrative that engaged the reader.’

- BBC Focus