Effects of Superstition

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Everyone has at least one superstition that they follow, whether they will admit it or not. Whether it’s from a certain religion, or a legend passed down from their ancestors. It’s in our human nature to come up with something to believe in, however obscure and ridiculous it may be. Many of these superstitions can dramatically affect a person’s life. Looking at the following examples will show what effects can come from trying to stay on the good side of the supernatural. Friday the 13th is thought of as the most unlucky day of the year. Some people take it so seriously they develop a morbid irrational fear called Paraskevidekatriaphobia. There are over 21 million people affected by this in the United States alone. Many people will avoid driving and ships will not sail. Others won’t even go to work or eat in restaurants, and you wouldn’t dare schedule a wedding on any Friday at all. Everybody knows about Friday the 13th and the story of it being cursed, but some will let it get in the way of their normal everyday functions Continue...


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Just because of the color of its fur, people will see a black cat and try to get as far away from it as possible. One of the sadder and more pathetic superstitions is the belief that a certain small, furry animal is possessed by evil spirits. Another good luck "charm" is the horseshoe. One of the most popular of these items is the four-leaf clover. To do this many people will try to obtain certain items that supposedly possess luck or may protect them in some way. There are thousands of superstitions, some of them crazier than others. If a black cat walks towards them, it"tms good, if it walks away; more bad luck will come upon them. It is true that strong belief in superstitions can have major effects on a person"tms life, but people create their own bad luck by paying so much attention to them. Being superstitious does not mean only avoiding bad luck, but trying to receive good luck as well. This can happen with any superstition that is taken too seriously. There"tms another popular superstition that can cause people to be unnecessarily cruel to animals. If a person hangs one above a door its sacred crescent shape will protect them from evil. Some very mixed up people will steal black cats on nights of full moons and especially on Halloween.

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