Ladders: When I worked in Melbourne I always made it a point to walk under ladders to assure myself I was not superstitious. But I made sure it was safe and not disturbing a workman.
Friday 13th is supposedly dangerous in Australia. In Denmark it was MONDAY 13th.
Nevertheless, there are lots of stories about that sort, how it affects people. Some socalled superstitions make sense, others not.
Dumb idea to walk under ladders, but I did it!
> You're out of your element on the science.
> Even without the science, there are plenty of
> examples of superstitious behavior that's part of
> one's mannerisms, but does no harm. Really
> outstanding American baseball players and other
> professional athletes are especially prone to such
> behavior--using the same bat, wearing the exact
> same clothes, eating the same breakfast on game
> days,not shaving etc. There are also examples of
> superstitious behavior that derails a person's
> life. After being in a car accident, some are no
> longer willing to drive. There's a whole list of
> superstitions that bring bad luck--and when they
> occur, people can get very depressed. Some refuse
> to leave the house.
> In animal studies, there are very powerful
> examples in which one or more traumatic event lead
> to learned helplessness--an unwillingness to
> venture out.
> Spiritual people, people who believe in God don't
> typically exhibit superstitious
> behavior--especially the kind that leads to fear
> and withdrawal. Devil worshipers--maybe.
> Evangelistic atheists? You tell me. Are you
> willing to walk under a ladder? What about
> tipping a salt shaker over? A black cat crossing
> your path? Breaking a mirror?
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