Magical Thinking

Feeling overwhelmed, aging parents may turn to magical thinking to deal with their problems. Denying that a problem exists or will simply take care of itself allows them to momentarily defer its emotional burden but not the consequences. Opting to continue unsafe driving, ignoring financial red flags or rejecting help with spousal care are examples of this all too familiar strategy.

Magical thinking presents a painful dilemma for adult children whose only option may be to repeatedly voice concerns about the consequences of these unrealistic approach while they prepare for damage control.


on August 2, 2017
I wish my parent’s doctors would read this book! Everyone who deals with those over 70 should read it. We teach early childhood education, but why is there no education in how to deal with those in the last part of their lives, so they feel respected. This guy is great.

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