Are you worried about the date of 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?
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I wouldn’t say I was super-superstitious – I’m not a big fan of the number 13 and I probably wouldn’t rush over to walk under a ladder, but I don’t run my life by these things. You can let stuff like this colour your world view and it makes you scared of stupid things. I like to think we have more control over our lives than that 🙂 Happy Friday the 13th!
Yes, so true Leanne! Some places even have buildings without a 13th floor 🙂
I’ve never worried about Friday 13th but I’m worried about trying to pronounce those words LOL:) I’ve been in buildings without 13th floor which seems silly really. I walk under ladders, not worried about black cats and actually even forgot it was 13th on Friday.
I understand completely Sue 🙂
I guess I do have a couple superstitions. Friday the 13th isn’t one of them. I am not fond of black cats, andI will not walk under a ladder but my one stickler that was a tradition or superstition of my grandmother’s is to have all Christmas decorations down before the new year. I usually put mine up early December to get the full enjoyment but you will not catch the house still decorated on January 31st. I’m not even sure why this has stuck with me so much but it has. 🙂
I like that Clearissa but I know some people who insist on leaving their Christmas decorations up until after the new year, saying it’s bad luck to take them down before! We’re all different aren’t we?
The number 13 doesn’t bother me. I might not walk under a ladder but the number I don’t worry about.
I hear you Candy. There are so many superstitions once you thin k about it.
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It is fun for sure Candy 🙂
My family is from the south and there were so many superstitions. So many. I only adhere to 2. Don’t ask me why I chose those 2 but I did. Funny now that I think about it. Now don’t get me wrong, I would not choose to own a black cat, or purposely walk under a ladder, or open my umbrella inside but I try to lean on my spiritual life and not on superstition. Thank you for sharing with #blogginggandmothers. I have shared on social media.
Thank you for commenting and sharing Clearissa 🙂
Thanks Dee for sharing this info. Didn’t know there are specific words to describe fear of Friday the 13th before I read your post. LOL. Visiting from UNLIMITED Monthly Link Party 10! Will pin this post.
Thanks Nancy, I appreciate the pin!
What a great topic for a post!
The number 13 doesn’t worry me, I got married on the 13th, however, we are now divorced! #anythinggoes
Some consider 13 to be lucky Karen, I guess it all just depends on what’s going on and what’s happened in your life.
I’m not superstitious around Friday 13th. I used to be but I think the fear has dissipated as I’ve grown older x #AnythingGoes
I sort of feel the same way Rosie.
I am not particularly superstitious. In fact, my hubby’s favorite (lucky) number is 13, so he always looks forward to a Friday the 13th.
Yes Laurie, some consider 13 lucky!
I married my husband on Friday the 13th! It’s my lucky day!
I love Friday the 13th I always find I have good things happen to me. And 13 in my lucky number because of it. LOL Be positive and your day will be positive.
I agree Anita and some people consider 13 lucky!
Never been one to be superstitious. Friday the 13th is just another day to me but my little sister was born on the 13th of July and turned 13 on Friday the 13th years ago. That was not a good year for her so maybe there is something to be superstitious about for some.
Maybe I’m naive (and I KNOW I’m oblivious most of the time!), but I guess I don’t have any phobias.
Then that’s a good thing, huh Michele?
I am a teacher in first grade. Indoor recess scares me! Not a number on a calendar! Ha ha. Thanks for linking up to #trafficjamweekend
You made me laugh Tracy 🙂
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I actually really like the number 13. However, even numbers, in particular the number 6, really bother me for some reason. Although I wouldn’t think it is to the point of phobia…just a mild annoyance. I am, however, extremely afraid of heights. Thanks for sharing this fun post and linking it up with me. Shelbee
To some Shelbee, 13 is their lucky number!
I love Friday the 13th and could watch every episode which I think I will do this weekend!
I enjoy good scary movies 🙂
My oldest daughter was born on March 13th and ever since then, the number 13 has always meant good things. So I guess it depends on who you talk to but it’s superstition in our home. 🙂
NOT superstitious that should say. OMG BRAIN FART.
Right Kari, some people consider it a lucky number 🙂
This past Friday the 13th I was flying to Kentucky to be with my hospitalized mom. I gave the date only a fleeting thought. But sometimes I really take stock in superstitions like that one. Pinned this article to share with others.
Hope your mom is ok Leslie, thanks for the pin!
I’ve had two black cats and they were both very lucky for me. – Margy
Margy, I grew up hearing that one about a black cat. Here’s a superstition that hubby has and I complain every time he does it. If he accidentally knocks the salt shaker over and if any spills onto the counter or table, he picks up the shaker and throws salt over his shoulder. THEN, we have salt on the floor as well 🙂
Well, I have to be honest about that one, I do toss the salt. Thanks for coming over to my blog and commenting about float cabin living. We just left after six days up the lake, loving even the cold rainy weather with a woodstove to keep us warm. – Margy
Ah, lots of people do the salt thing, Margy. Yes, love the float cabin idea, so neat.
I actually was oblivious to the fact that we have a Friday the 13th coming up in a few days. As a fan of spooky stuff I’m usually on top of that sort of thing! #anythingoes
Hi Jeremy, the only way I knew was by looking at my blogging calendar. There’s another one in October.
Ha – ha. I don’t think I even notice Friday the 13th whenever it rolls around. It doesn’t seem to bring bad luck for me. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-up 48.
Carol, some do, some don’t 🙂
Funny enough we always joke that 13 is my sister’s lucky number– her wedding date, her boys’ birthdays are both on the 13th (of different months and years), a few of her addresses have all been 13!
Yeah, Joanne, 13 isn’t always unlucky 🙂
Friday the 13th never bothered me. But I remember times when people would make it a point to tell me that it was Friday the 13th. The only superstition I remember growing up is it’s bad luck when a black cat cross’s your path. But, I don’t have a recall of anything superstitious bothering me.
Thanks bunches for sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month.
Paula, you’re welcome. It’s always interesting to talk about things like this. I think most superstitions were popular back in the olden days. I know my grandmother had a few she was aware of.