Superstitions are the long-held beliefs of a person stuck in his mind for a long time – either because of the cultural tradition of psychology. Superstitions are not based on logic or facts, and people believe in them because they’ve heard of them from someone. People in the past were not very educated; they believed in superstitions and thought of them as something very serious or to be worried about. But it doesn’t mean that educated people don’t believe in superstitions. Maybe due to coincidences, the superstitions do get true sometimes, due to which the belief of people in them becomes even more firm. There are some specific kinds of superstitions that people dealing with depression believes in.
Superstitions are fun and harmless – whether you believe in them or not. But some superstitions play a significant role in your mental health. Some of the most common superstitions include, i.e., If a mirror breaks, you believe in bad luck for seven years, if a black cat crosses your path, it’s a sign of bad luck, or keeping a lucky charm brings you good luck, and the list goes on. These superstitions are the ones in which everyone believes. People dealing with depression have their thoughts, and they believe in things that are strange for usual belief to understand.
Do you believe in superstitions? Why or why not? Superstitions are beliefs, and they are not something proven or based on facts. According to various research, there is no evidence that superstitions in many ways are valid. Despite knowing that there is no truth to superstitions, some of the best professional and mental health experts believe in them due to our rational and scientific thoughts.
The human psyche is connected to our beliefs and events in our daily lives. If we think about a sure thing and believe it will happen this way, things automatically happen. People think of this connection as truth to believe in superstitions. For example, if you’re going somewhere and a black cat crosses your path. On the same day, something terrible happens – then the superstition is strongly reinforced, and you will start believing in it even more vital. Dealing with depression is one of the most common reasons people believe in superstitions and fear them.
Anxiety and superstition are interconnected. The human psyche makes your thoughts hostile when you are upset with something. As anxiety patients’ minds are stressed, they start believing that superstition even more and develop a fear of it when any superstitious thing happens to them. Some of the most common superstitions that are mostly done while dealing with depression are:
1. Friday the 13th brings bad luck:
Most people worldwide start developing a fear when Friday the 13th comes up. This superstition is widespread, and because of this, the 13th number is labeled as a sign of bad luck. Even the 13th floor in the buildings and the hotels has stopped being labeled because people fear the 13th. And did you ever notice that some airlines don’t even have a 13th row? People believe in this superstition a lot because Judas Iscariot was the 13th visitor at the Last Supper, & Jesus lived crucified on a Friday. So, people think that if Friday comes on the 13th, it will bring them bad luck. Some people believe this but try to ignore it, but people dealing with depression can’t help and start fearing. They think that bad luck has come, and they will have to live with it.
2. Itchy palm will bring good luck or money:
Many of you might have grown up hearing this superstition. There are different variations of this superstition. For some, it’s linked to good luck. While for others, having an itchy palm means money is coming, or the person with an itchy palm will unexpectedly get money.
According to some people, if the itchiness is in the right palm, it means you will meet someone new in your life. While itchiness in the left palm means money is going. It is believed that if you will scratch the itchy palm, it means you will counteract the effect. For some people, superstitions are nothing to be worried about. But for people dealing with depression, it’s something severe.
3. It’s bad luck to walk under a ladder:
It’s common not to walk under a ladder as it can be dangerous; something can fall on you and cause damage. But that’s not it. There are various superstitions connected to it too.
The ladder’s shape is a triangle, meaning life in some mythologies. When you walk under a ladder, it means you’re walking under a triangle (the life) and tempting its fates. It also said that by doing so, you could awake the spirits that live within the triangle, including evil spirits who may get disturbed because of you and will affect you later.
If you accidentally walk under the ladder, you should place your thumb between your middle and index fingers and keep holding it for 5 seconds. You can counteract lousy luck and protect yourself from evil by doing so. It may sound strange and funny to some people, but people dealing with depression are very concerned about it. Almost 90% of people who believe in superstitions fight anxiety and depression.
4. Breaking a mirror is a sign of misfortune:
According to the superstitious belief, the person who breaks the mirror will face misfortune or bad luck for seven years. The concept of 7 years is that its trouble will take seven years to go away from your body completely. In ancient times, mirrors were considered a reflection of the soul. So, a broken mirror is believed to be bad for the soul. According to this superstition, if you break a mirror and want to end its misfortune, take that broken mirror outside and bury it in the moonlight.
5. Finding a horseshoe will bring you a good fortune:
In various cultures, the horseshoe is considered the luckiest symbol. And if a person finds a horseshoe pointing towards you, it means you will be blessed. According to this superstition, if you ever find a horseshoe – pick it up with your right hand, spit on one end, make a wish and toss it over your left shoulder. Then leave it where it lands. You can place the horseshoe over the entrance of your main door as it is believed to bring good luck for everyone living in the house.
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