The Tinkerbell effect is an American English expression describing things that are thought to exist only because people believe in them. The effect is named for Tinker Bell, the fairy in the play Peter Pan who is revived from near death by the belief of the audience.
Another form is called the Reverse Tinkerbell effect, a term coined by David Post in 2003. It stipulates that the more you believe in something the more likely it is to vanish. For example, as more people believe that driving is safe, more people will drive carelessly, in turn making driving less safe.
- Kieran Healy (January 29, 2003). "Reverse Tinkerbell Example". Retrieved September 14, 2015.
- Stewart, Cameron (2004), "The Rule of Law and the Tinkerbell Effect: Theoretical Considerations, Criticisms and Justifications for the Rule of Law", Macquarie Law Journal 4 (7): 135–164. 
- Rall, Eric (2010-10-14). "Efficient Market Hypothesis and the Tinkerbell Effect". Retrieved 2011-11-06.
- Aleksander, Igor (2005). The World in My Mind, My Mind in the World. Imprint Academic. ISBN 1845400216
- David Astle. "Wordplay". The Sydney Morning Herald. 04/13/2013. Quote: "Or the Tinkerbell effect, whereby an entity (or pixie) is true if you thoroughly believe it exists, not unlike most religions." (Database: EBSCO)
- Adriel Bettelheim. "Tinkerbell Effect, Part 3: Obama's Job Creation Efforts". CQ Politics (Congressional Quarterly), May 27, 2009
- Greg Pierce. "Nation Inside Politics". The Washington Times. June 8, 2009. Quote: ""To think that wind and solar or other alternative fuels can fill the energy gap requires a belief in what Adriel Bettelheim of Congressional Quarterly has called the ' Tinkerbell effect ,' as in Peter Pan." (Database: NewsBank)
- Vsauce, How Much Money is there on Earth?, 2013.04.23. A video lecture discussing several examples of the Tinkerbell effect (and its reverse).
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