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The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking

How Irrationality Makes us Happy, Healthy, and Sane

Matthew 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. 

  • Publication date: January 3, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781851689576
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication date: July 1, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781780741093
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 304


‘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

Matthew Hutson

Matthew Hutson is former News Editor at Psychology Today. He has written for a range of magazines, including Wired, Discover, and the New York Times Magazine. This is his first book.

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