Magical Ideation and Schizophrenia

Ali A, Pereira Deuri S, Karim N


Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that is ambiguous and enigmatic in nature. Persons affected by schizophrenia often find difficulties in every sphere of life functions. They have difficulties to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations. In clinical understanding, magical thinking can be defined as the irrational beliefs that one can bring about a circumstance or event by thinking about it or wishing for it. Objective: The present study aimed to assess magical ideation in two groups ie. persons with schizophrenia and normal persons. Methods: The sample for this study consisted of two groups. The first group consists of thirty subjects with diagnosis of schizophrenia selected from the out patient unit of LGB Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur, Assam. The second group consist of thirty normal subjects. A semi-structured clinical and socio-demographic data sheet prepared for the purpose of this study and Magical Ideation Scale was administered to both the groups. Results: Persons with schizophrenia scored significantly higher than normal subjects on magical ideation scale. Magical ideation was found to be positively correlated with domicile and occupation in socio demographic profile of the respondents. Conclusion: This study showed that magical ideation was high in schizophrenia group. The study is also an indication for the need to be culturally sensitive to the belief systems of people and projects the need for cultural competence in clinical practice.


Schizophrenia, Magical Ideation

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