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Believing in magic : the psychology of superstition

Author: Stuart A Vyse
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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Why is superstitious behavior so prevalent? How is this behavior established and maintained? Is there a superstitious personality? How do otherwise rational people come to put their faith in such ephemera? These are the provocative questions that Stuart Vyse addresses in Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition. Superstitions, he writes, are the natural result of several well-understood psychological

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Vyse, Stuart A.
Believing in magic.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart A Vyse
ISBN: 0195078829 9780195078824
OCLC Number: 35025826
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 1999 William James Book Award of the American Psychological Association.
Description: xii, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Believing in Magic --
2. The Superstitious Person --
3. Superstition and Coincidence --
4. Superstitious Thinking --
5. Growing Up Superstitious --
6. Is Superstition Abnormal, Irrational, or Neither? --
7. A Magical View of the World.
Responsibility: Stuart A. Vyse.
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Why do many people, who are quite sensible about other aspects of their lives, respond to uncertainty with superstitious beliefs or actions? This work examines current behavioural research and shows  Read more...


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Vyse has done his best with the rather scant material on the topic. It is good that occasionally the voice of reason is heard in the land. * The Times Higher Education Supplement *

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