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Superstition: What's The Most Annoying One To You?

Updated on October 3, 2014

Is A Black Cat Lucky? Or Not?

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Do You Believe In Luck?

Okay, this article is probably not for the superstitious amongst the Hubpages readership. But, please! Don't feel insulted! As an OCD person, I have plenty – oh my God, innumerable – silly, illogical and pointlessly time-consuming rituals of my own. I go through them on a daily basis, and anyone who witnessed them would consider me a prime example of an idiot.

The thing is, I know just how idiotic they are, even as I carry them out. When I count the number of times I lock the door, when I step off the bus on the left foot – has to be the left foot – when I check I haven't left my bag behind in the place I'm leaving exactly fourteen times and no more – I know full well just how ridiculous I'm being. (And that's not to trivialize the seriousness of obsessive compulsive disorder, for those who suffer from it to a more life-affecting degree. It's a condition, indeed, that can cause signficant amounts of distress and anxiety, and seriously affect one's quality of life.1)

But. Superstition. I just don't get it. You take this stuff seriously? If you're looking for a definition superstition, it means thinking that if you do one unrelated thing, then another logically unrelated thing will occur or not occur. (That is, it is by definition illogical.) The whole black cats thing – now come on, are they lucky or unlucky, can we get it straight, finally and for once? Because most of the time it seems to depend on who you ask. Walking under a ladder – well, okay, that one makes sense. Because, you know, it's about walking under a ladder . Who wants a paintbrush falling on their head from a great height? Friday the thirteenth, on the other hand – hello, it's just a day! Unless you get landed by friends or partner with watching an appropriately scheduled really awful horror film, that is. Because then I understand your pain.

I guess all non-superstitious people have one particular superstition that they find particularly annoying, or simply incomprehensible. And for me it's the old, 'things happen in threes!' thing. You come across it? What the heck is that all about! You cut your finger, then stub your toe – 'Oh, watch out, they say things happen in threes!' Lose your job, your cat runs away – 'Oh dear, what's next, things happen in threes, you know!'

What. Are. These. People. On. Of course things happen in threes. The only way they wouldn't happen in threes is for nothing to ever happen again . Then, after they happen in threes, then the fourth thing happens. And then, the fifth, sixth and seventh!

At least for those of us who can count higher than three. Sheesh.


1. MR. Phillips. Is distress a symptom of mental disorders, a marker of impairment, both or neither? World Psychiatry. 2009 June; 8(2): 91–92.


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