Just when we thought the news couldn’t get any worse, we learnt that there are two instances of Friday the 13th this year (one tomorrow and one in October). We’re going to start placing our hopes on 2018. Even if you’re not particular superstitious, the amount of fear circling these dates doesn’t bode well for any of us.
Your attitude has more control over situations than you realise. For example, if you wake up thinking something terrible is going to happen tomorrow, it probably will. Not because the day is cursed but because of your negative outlook.
This isn’t making you feel better is it? Okay, let us try something different.
According to Cosmo, there are two scientific names for a fear of Friday the 13th (not to be confused with Friday The 13th, the 1980 slasher film). Friggatriskaidekaphobia or Paraskevidekatriaphobia are the correct names for a well-documented fear of the day.
There are a multitude of reasons this modern myth prevails. Some attribute the number 13 to the number of guests present at the table for Jesus’ Last Supper – his last meal before his cruxifixction.
It’s hard to pin down exactly where this myth originated since the number 13 has been avoided since the Victorian era. A psychologist from Goldsmiths University explained that the fear of Friday comes from the misplaced belief that The Last Supper took place on a Friday (it didn’t, it’s documented as a Thursday).
Despite no tangible evidence for Friday the 13th being anything but a normal day, 10% of the population in the Western world claim to be influenced by the date.
The same psychologist said on the day, “It is not supported by any convincing empirical evidence but is maintained and passed on because superstitious people tend to notice and remember bad things that happen on this particular date”.
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It’s all down to your perspective, y’know.
People will day you about the Bangladeshi boy that was struck by lightening at 13.13pm and the plane crash in the Andes but pay no attention.
That said, maybe stay clear of any Lake-based Summer Camps – just to be safe.