Paraskevidekatriaphobics, a phobia by which people are afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th. According to a 1993 study published by British Medical Journal titled “Is Friday the 13th Bad for Your Health?“, this day is rather feared more than any other. The authors investigated the co-relation between health, behavior and superstition surrounding Friday the 13th and in conclusion they discovered that while fewer people drive on that day, the number of traffic accidents is higher as oppose to normal Fridays:
“Friday 13th is unlucky for some. The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent. Staying at home is recommended.”
In my opinion, it is fear of this day that contributes to some unfortunate events. If people, on Friday 13th, are constantly getting spooked and being on edge about this superstition, then something is bound to occur as a result of their uneasiness. It’s basically psychology and the human behavior. Our minds will eventually fabricate illusions if we keep being in fear. For example, I keep wishing for a large cheese burger and right now I can literally visualize it on the table before me. There are places that can treat that kind of thing.
To be honest I’ve never been superstitious regarding the 13th, for me, that was my favorite day growing up because a “Jason Voorhees” marathon would finally be on tv. I always loved a good old scary movie and I saw the day for being no more than that. But why is it that the number 13 or even a Friday being the 13th day of the month have people all worked up? The answer to that question is never certain but many trace it back to religion. Other reasons are presented online but me being skeptical about them all I would much rather leave it in the clouds. But here are a few myths I wanted to point out:
1. Never change your bed on Friday the 13th because you’ll have nightmares.
2. If 13 people have dinner together then one will die within that year.
3. If you have 13 letters in your name, then you’ll have the devil’s luck.
4. Never take a trip on a Friday or you’ll have misfortune.
5. If you cut your nails on a Friday then you cut them for sorrow.
The list goes on and on about all the bad things that can happen to a person if they do certain things on the 13th or on a Friday in general. It’s almost like the internet is saying Friday is an unlucky day as well. Anyways, like I’ve stated before, if you allow superstition to keep you in fear then eventually something unfortunate will happen. Rid yourselves of the spookiness and keep positive. Enjoy life to the fullest and be God fearing!
What about our EY readers? Do you believe in this urban legend?