Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 272–274

Magical thinking by inpatient staff members

  • Wilfrid L. Pilette

DOI: 10.1007/BF01074554

Cite this article as:
Pilette, W.L. Psych Quart (1983) 55: 272. doi:10.1007/BF01074554


Magical thinking is a primitve form of mental activity which, nevertheless, the author contends, is common among mental health professionals. Four examples of magical thinking by inpatient staff members are presented and briefly explored, in order to shed light on our work and ourselves.

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© Human Sciences Press 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilfrid L. Pilette
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.North Central UnitWorcester State HospitalWorcester
  2. 2.University of Massachusetts School of MedicineWorcester