Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday the 13th: A superstitious nonsense or or just a good excuse for something?

Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the medical term for the fear of Friday the 13th. But are the fears reasonable?

I believe that there are no justifiable reasons to fear this date because it’s just a superstitious non-sense. Surprisingly, about 21 million people subscribe to this fallacy. And it is thought to stem down from the combination of:

· 13th has been traditionally dubbed as unlucky since the ancient times

· Its relation to the Crucifixion on the Good Friday

The good thing is fires and thefts are fewer in America, probably because many people will not go to work on Friday the 13th.

Moreover, in Holland, the date is considered safer than the average Friday, according to the Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics.

Over the past two years reports of traffic accidents are down from an average of 7,800 incidents on 'normal' Fridays compared to 7,500 on Friday the 13ths.

But according to the British Medical Journal the risk of car accident in the U.K. increases more than half on the Friday the 13th. Why is that so? Maybe they’re rushing towards home because staying at home is “recommended” (just kidding).

Researchers also found it out that although fewer people drive their cars, hospital admissions due to car crashes was significantly higher and concluded: Friday the 13th is unlucky for some.

The question is: Is Friday the 13th really unlucky or just a superstitious nonsense?

For me, if the Law of Attraction holds true then you are unlucky because you focus on the thing you don’t want to happen: to get unlucky.


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Sarah Hall said...

You're probably right saying that Friday the 13th is unlucky for some individuals.​ The reason is that you're focusing on one thing "This will definitely happen to me, because I'm not lucky!"... Am I right? Well... Good luck and best regards,