Magical thinking not so magical.
June 4, 2007 7:58 AM Subscribe
Newlywed analytical atheist dealing with tarot taking, palm reading, horoscope reading wife.
posted by anonymous to human relations (41 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My wife looks at horoscopes and tarot readings and whilst you may not think this would be a significant problem I am finding it increasingly so. She is very very intelligent in some respects but I find this reliance on superstition to be worrying. I am not sure how best to deal with it and am not sure if it even requires any action on my part other than just accepting the situation.
The problem is as much as she states she pays no credence, I know from observation that if a horoscope says something negative that she actually takes this on board and it can ruin her day - and as such have a knock on effect on mine. She has also used 'playful calculators' e.g. love calculator where you enter two names and it gives a randomly generated percentage score for compatibility. I am aware she has put my name in against hers and other people she knows names and that it has been higher for me with other people. I know this plays on her mind and I don't know quite how to deal with the absurdity of the situation. I have tried gently discussing the logical holes in magical thinking but it is clearly a pattern she has ingrained over many years. Do I just need to accept this quirk and be thankful for the minor idiosyncrasy or is this going to cause further problems later in our lives.