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How Does Superstitions Affect Our Everyday Lives?

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Emma Leary

on 16 November 2015

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How Does Superstitions Affect Our Everyday Lives?

What is Superstition?
Belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, or proceeding
Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day
To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck
If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck
If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck
To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck
To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck
To find a horseshoe brings good luck
Friday the 13th
According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in North Carolina, between 17 and 21 million people in the U.S. suffer from a significant fear of Friday the 13th
Some even postpone travel and avoid making financial deals out of worry that they’ll suffer a personal disaster
It’s estimated that businesses lose roughly a billion dollars in income year because of Friday the 13th phobia.
The origin of this myth has not been found, a popular suggestion dates back to Norse mythology, mythology from the North Germanic
In which, a banquet for a dozen Norse gods was interrupted by a thirteenth guest, the evil god Loki, with disastrous results
Many pieces of evidence has proven that bad luck does not come with this date
Why does it Exist?
Superstition survives because the brain, it uses its ability to observe, analyze, and come to conclusions
By: Emma Leary
Disadvantages
Which of these Groups of Numbers has a Pattern?
1, 14, 97, 63
2, 5, 41, 116
Neither
Both
The popular answer is 1, 14, 97, 63,
but the correst anwer is neither
Your brain found a pattern that was non-
existent. The brains anterior cingulate
cortex creates imaginative patterns
until one seems like a fact
Patternicity
The brain interprets stimuli based upon an expected model, in other words, you interpret things based on what you see and hear in society, this process is called patternicity
Benefits
Performing superstitious ceremonies like knocking on wood and crossing your fingers have proven to decrease stress levels because these actions enable us to cope with fears and uncertainties
Superstitions also can be used to enhance performances, studies have shown that performing rituals before a physical task boosts the confidence and overall performance of that individual
Researchers have found that people who consider themselves lucky tend to smile more and be more outgoing, which scientists believe results in more oppertunities for success in their lives
Often, people use their superstions as a handicap. If they believe that their fate is already determined,they use this knowledge as an excuse not to make an effort
The willingness to embrace non-factual beliefs makes it easy for others to manipulate believers for their own gain, the psychic industry is built on fooling clients into giving them money
Conclusion
In conclusion, there are advantages and disadvantages to superstitons,
it really just depends on how you utilize your brains belief-creating process
If you are too afraid to even leave your room on friday the 13th then its a
problem
If instead you use it to improve your overall performance in life its beneficial
Therefore, use your brain to help you not hurt you
http://bg3.nationalgeographic.com/episode/16/
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"The Impact of Superstition: Writing on the Wall." The Impact of Superstition: Writing on the Wall. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.
"The Psychology of Superstition." WebMD. WebMD. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.
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