my children were young I would sometimes get panicky feelings
about them when my husband and I were at a party or out to
dinner. There was nothing practical I could do about my fear,
so I would change my thoughts of worry about them for thoughts
of a powerful force field I was erecting around them to protect
them. I had a little song that I sang to myself: I draw a
circle around my child to keep them safe from dangers wild.
This is a legitimate use of "magical thinking" that
won't get us into trouble. Our imagination, instead of causing
us pain by negative imaging of what can go wrong, can go into
creating images of something positive and comforting. Who
knows, it might even do some good.
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