Is ‘manifesting’ dangerous magical thinking or a formula for success?

The practice’s popularity picked up when it went viral on TikTok in 2020 – but indulged without action, it could untether us from our sense of agency

Diana Celestine was let in on the secret about 10 years ago. Then an IT consultant in Charlotte, North Carolina, she’d made a passing comment to a friend lamenting the state of her love life – something along the lines of “I’ll probably never get married”.

Celestine had just been joking around. But her friend stopped her, deadly serious.

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