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What kind of thinking that you've done would fall into the category of wishful thinking?

Asked by mattbrowne (31600points) May 24th, 2009

From Wikipedia: Wishful thinking is the formation of beliefs and making decisions according to what might be pleasing to imagine instead of by appealing to evidence or rationality. Studies have consistently shown that holding all else equal, subjects will predict positive outcomes to be more likely than negative outcomes.

Reverse wishful thinking, or wishful thinking in reverse, can be said to occur in a person’s mind when, as a stern, relentless and usually pompous follower of a rational notion, he/she expects it to always be valid regardless of, and/or in spite of either not taking into full account all imponderables or, most common and notably, the lack of up-to-the minute research on the subject, thereby resulting in his/her wrongly assuming that decisions, recommendations and, especially, forecasts derived from that notion can only be the result of either factual evidence, or rationality as known to that person at a particular point in time, all of which invariably taking place before all the said imponderables, and up to the minute, yet public evidence are taken into full account.

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Darwin's avatar

You mean, like when I think that my son will actually clean his room when I ask him? Or ever?

bassgirl's avatar

Mine would be, thinking about what I would do with a huge lottery winning.
Or that when I get home my hubby will have the house clean and supper ready…oh watta

tiffyandthewall's avatar

98% of it. haha.

DeanV's avatar

“I’m going to get 95%+ on every one of my finals next week”

There’s some.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

I wish the military and police were not a necessity.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Years of thinking because someone loved me and I loved them then that would somehow overcome their self destructive issues, one day. It never came.

knitfroggy's avatar

I always talk about what I’m gonna do when I win the lottery I should buy tickets once in a while if I think I’m ever going to win, but I’m too tight with my money

Blondesjon's avatar

that four inches is a world record…

mattbrowne's avatar

@Darwin – Great example. My son kind of looked at me and his face said “don’t even think about it”, well eventually he had his first girlfriend. When I saw his room before he brought her home, I couldn’t believe how clean the room was. So sometimes a wish does come true!

wundayatta's avatar

That the United States can or will ever implement a Single Payer universal health coverage system.

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