Magical thinking at a young age
Rightardia occasionally writes about Ricky the Rightard. He is the slack jawed family ditto head drooler. Even principled conservatives in the family consider him a dreamer or a source of amusement.
When Ricky was eight his mother suggested Ricky and I build a cat scratch post as a father-son project. We went to the hardware store and bought some ply wood, carpet, some nails and screws, and found a cardboard tube in our cluster home.
I started the project then asked Ricky where the center of the base board to the scat scratch post was. He pointed with his finger and placed an x on the board.
I then showed home how to use a ruler to measure the board so marks could be put in the middle the top and bottom of the board and the left side and right side. then a line could be drawn top and bottom and left and right to find the center.
I also showed home a simpler way by just drawing lines between the four vertices or corners of the boards.
The centers matched using two different proofs.
However, Ricky had some developmental issues and couldn't grasp that his "magical thinking" about the where the board's center was wrong.
In clinical psychology, magical thinking is a condition that causes the patient to experience irrational fear of performing certain acts or having certain thoughts because they assume a correlation with their acts and threatening calamities.
In other words, my thoughts can influence or change reality.
Children exhibit a form of magical thinking by about 18 months, when they begin to create imaginary worlds while playing. By age 3, most know what is fantasy and reality . . .
At age 8, however, Ricky was using magical thinking to find the center of a board and when his error was pointed out, he became hysterical
It's the renin–angiotensin system (RAS) or the renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system (RAAS) is a hormone system that regulates blood pressure and water (fluid) balance.
if you hae even seen a bald headed man with bushy eyebrows, a beard and lots of body hair, he may have hyperaldosteronism.
Besides getting the appearance of one of the demons in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hyperaldosteronism can result if kidney, liver, hear, and lung failure if untreated.
We think Ricky is on the road to recovery if he takes his medicine.
That is a "big if" because yesterday Ricky told me he doesn't think he has hyperladosternism. He thinks he has an auto-immune disorder and hyperthyroidism.
However, Ricky had a A radioactive iodine uptake (RAI/U) test that scanned his thryorid last week and he has a normal thyroid. In addition, a thyroid antibodies test was slightly abnormal, but normal upon retesting.
The RAI/U test was conclusive and put any speculation about a thyroid disorder to rest. However ditto heads are easy to confuse with facts.
So there are no facts that bear out Ricky's magical thinking about his medical condition.
But this is par for the course for a drooling ditto head. Will Ricky take his medication which will help him get well?
We can only hope so.
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