Don’t walk under a ladder, don’t step on a crack, avoid black cats. These are all some good superstitious practices to avoid bad luck. But what possible means does a superstitious person have to avoid Friday the 13th? Is it bad for your luck and even your health to just get up and face the day?
Paraskavedekatriaphobia rizza, phobia of Friday the 13th, is definitely bad for the health of those who are traumatized by it. The Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute located in Asheville, NC estimates that nearly 21 million people fear the date. Succumbing to a phobia, such as the one associated with Friday the 13th, can create a tremendous amount of panic and anxiety. It’s estimated that upwards of $800 million is lost on this business day because many people experiencing the phobia refuse to travel or conduct any form of business (including their own lives) on this day.
So is Friday the 13th bad for your luck and your healthy? Yes, but only because allowing fear to rule daily life leaves room for an individual to create his/her own misfortune. Despite studies by several research centers searching for a link between increased rates of accident and the unlucky day, no conclusive evidence has been found to prove this day any worse off than the rest of the year. So let phobia and superstition fall to the wayside. I’ve been stepping on cracks for years, and my mother’s back is still working just fine.