Wishful thinking is irrationally assuming because you want something to be true therefore it is true.

Wanting God to exist doesn't make God real. Wanting Heaven to be nice doesn't make Heaven real or nice.


Wishing for something to be true is a powerful technique when and only when, a) you have influence on what it is you want to be true and b) you take action to make it come true -- not just wish for it to be true. [1]


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