Why are people superstitious?
Chris Martin won't go on stage without brushing his teeth first. Tennis ace Serena Williams always bounces her ball five times before her first serve. Michael Jordon wore his North Carolina basketball shorts under his Bull's uniform his entire career.
From touching wood to wearing good luck charms, many of our superstitious routines makes little sense when we stop to think about it. Yet why do so many people believe in superstitions?
Superstitions came about as a form of explanation for certain behaviours. If good things happened every time you wore the same shirt, that shirt would be deemed as lucky and you would wear it every-time.
Superstitions also came about as a form of directing certain behaviour. I know people who wash their feet before getting into bed for it is believed that not doing so would result in nightmares. A more probable explanation would be to keep the sheets clean from being soiled by dirty feet!
True... I think people are even more highly likely to believe in superstitions when they are stressed. Think about examinations, interviews, competitions and meetings... That's why athletes often follow silly routines religiously to achieve success.
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