Wishful thinking is interpreting facts, reports, events, perceptions, etc., according
to what one would like to be the case rather than according to the actual evidence. Wishful thinking should not be confused with positive thinking, which, in its most absurd form, is trying to make things happen by willing them to happen.
See also communal reinforcement,
validation, and testimonials.
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