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Quick Reads #16 - Superstitions Only Make Anxiety Worse

A superstition is having beliefs or specific behaviours because of trust in supernatural, god, nature, magic, luck or the fear of not knowing what's going to happen.  Some common superstitions are finding a four leaf clover, walking under a ladder and even the number 666. 

Someone who believes in such superstitions has a 23% higher chance of developing anxiety, OCD as well as other mental illnesses. Even though it has been concluded that all superstitions hold near to no truth, it allows people to blame their behaviour on "the unknown" and hence is continued for generations.

 Other researches claim that superstitions act as a positive placebo, allowing you to get the confidence to do something you normally wouldn't. Generally, women are more likely to believe in such superstitions and are more likely to get anxiety. 

Even though believing in superstitions is totally your choice, knowing that it's just a placebo and it has no effect on your life can help you lead a healthier and happier life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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