Are superstitions true?
Do superstitions really work?
Superstitions won’t work by themselves. We make them work.
Just like magic performed by a magician. Magic is nothing if we don’t believe it. We make Magic work by believing in it.
How do superstitions work?
Superstitions are related to our behavior. We, Humans, tend to relate everything, tracks down our daily happenings and make connections.
For example– If we fall sick, we try to think about our activities in the last 24 hours. Our mind carefully picks up those things which are not a part of our daily routine. It will not acknowledge the normal but tend to shift towards something different happened like meeting someone we don’t really like or getting crossed by a cat.
Do you have a lucky charm?
If yes, you would not be happy to know that it is not the charm that makes you the winner. It’s your belief that luck is by your side.
It’s Rituals that help, not Superstitions
What are Rituals?
Rituals are the series of actions performed regularly according to a prescribed order.
Praying just before the exam.
Performing religious ceremony just before the happy occasion.
Pouring oil at the door’s corner when welcoming someone.
All these are rituals that help us feel better. So, in the nutshell, Superstitions work not because they are magic but because they are rituals.
Researchers proved that Rituals reduce our anxiety. (Source- here)
When we feel that situations are out of control, we start getting anxious.
To reduce this anxiety, we say or do something to bring back our confidence, to ensure that everything is under control and nothing will go wrong. When we do the same thing or series of things from long, they become rituals.
Its not that rituals always work but whenever they do, they reinforce our belief in them and give birth to a Superstition.
Some of the common superstitions are:
- Keeping fingers crossed improves performance
- Touching wood after saying something good
- Burning a wick to counter an evil eye
- Applying black mark on Infant’s forehead to keep away an evil eye
- 13 is unlucky
- Wearing unmatched socks is lucky
- Keeping a lucky charm during exam or interview
- Being crossed by a black cat attracts misfortune
- Cutting nails at night attracts death
- Sweeping the floor in the evening attracts demons
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