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Vol 1, No 1 (2004)
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Published online: 2004-04-26
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The role of magical thinking in defense against anxiety

Agnieszka Samochowiec, Bartosz Wojciechowski, Jerzy Samochowiec
Psychiatria 2004;1(1):17-21.

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Vol 1, No 1 (2004)
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Published online: 2004-04-26

Abstract

Authors undertake the theme of protection against anxiety and magical thinking as a defense mechanism. The differences in functions of magical thinking in children, healthy adults and individuals suffering from mental disorders are discussed. The described mode of thinking is a natural consequence of ones development which changes specific attitude towards life in process of maturation of a man. If it keeps its primitive form, magical thinking becomes a symptom of pathology.

Abstract

Authors undertake the theme of protection against anxiety and magical thinking as a defense mechanism. The differences in functions of magical thinking in children, healthy adults and individuals suffering from mental disorders are discussed. The described mode of thinking is a natural consequence of ones development which changes specific attitude towards life in process of maturation of a man. If it keeps its primitive form, magical thinking becomes a symptom of pathology.
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Keywords

anxiety; magical thinking; defense mechanisms

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Title

The role of magical thinking in defense against anxiety

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 1, No 1 (2004)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

17-21

Published online

2004-04-26

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2004;1(1):17-21.

Keywords

anxiety
magical thinking
defense mechanisms

Authors

Agnieszka Samochowiec
Bartosz Wojciechowski
Jerzy Samochowiec

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