Friday the 13th – Superstition or Phobia?
Are you worried about today because of the date? Friday the 13th! If so, psychologists refer to how you’re feeling as paraskavedekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.
I’m worried about even trying to pronounce the words defined as: an irrational fear of Friday the 13th.
This phobia affects millions of people worldwide. Symptoms range from mild anxiety to panic attacks. Businesses, especially airlines suffer from severe financial losses on Friday the 13th.
Triskaidekaphobia is even more widespread. It is the fear of the number 13.
Is the fear of Friday the 13th just another superstition like – don’t walk under a ladder, don’t break a mirror, don’t open an umbrella indoors, or don’t let a black cat cross your path?
Does Friday the 13th or the number 13 bother you or anyone you know? Do you have any phobias or superstitions?