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Are You a Magical Thinker?

Updated: Feb 9

Written by Narcissistic Abuse Expert Randi Fine

Narcissistic Abuse Awareness and Guidance with Randi Fine

Ever since the 2006 publishing of Rhonda Byrne’s book, The Secret, the positive thinking movement has exploded. The basic theory behind The Secrete is that positive thinking manifests in abundance. I believe that optimism is crucial for our emotional well-being and employ it daily in my own life. That said, I also believe that optimism without the benefit of realism is delusional. Unrealistic optimism or fantasy can cause small problems to turn into bigger ones. It can leave us defenseless when in harm’s way. It can cause us to overlook issues that should be addressed. Lacking healthy coping skills, narcissistic abuse victims typically resort to some method of denial or delusional thinking as a way to escape their realities. One method used to do that is known as “magical thinking” or “Pollyannaism.” Magical thinking is a childlike state of mind, one of naiveté that tells the abused person that wishing will make it so, that everything in life has a happy ending, Beyond all rationale or evidence to the contrary, the victim refuses to believe her abuser is all bad. She remains convinced that he will magically transform into whoever she wants him to be, and when he does, all her problems will be solved. Some typical rationales of narcissistically abused magical thinkers are:

  1. There must be good in him. No one is all bad.

  2. She cannot possibly be that manipulative, or smart enough to mastermind the things she does.

  3. He doesn’t mean what he says.

  4. She is just a product of her upbringing

  5. Things will be