Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition / Edition 1

Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition / Edition 1

by Stuart A. Vyse
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195136349

ISBN-13: 9780195136340

Pub. Date: 05/18/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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…  See more details below

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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 processes, including our human sensitivity to coincidence, a penchant for developing rituals to fill time (to battle nerves, impatience, or both), a fear of failure, our efforts to cope with uncertainty, the need for control, and more. Vyse examines current behavioral research to demonstrate how complex and paradoxical human behavior can be understood through scientific investigation; he explores both the personality traits that make us receptive to superstition, as well as the ways superstitious beliefs can determine our actions. Although superstition is a normal part of our modern culture, Vyse argues that we must provide alternative methods of coping with life's uncertainties by teaching decision analysis, promoting science education, and challenging ourselves to critically evaluate the sources of our beliefs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195136340
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/18/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

1. Believing in Magic

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