‘This book is a remarkably creative synthesis of the science behind magical thinking, threaded through with a very personal narrative that engaged the reader.’
The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking
How Irrationality Makes us Happy, Healthy, and SaneMatthew Hutson
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.