The science of superstition – and why people believe in the unbelievable
While superstitions can provide reassurance and help reduce anxiety in some people, research has shown that it can also become self-reinforcing, meaning the behavior develops into a habit, and failure to perform the ritual can result in anxiety.
This is regardless of the actual outcome of a situation that is still dependent on known factors and not unknown supernatural forces.
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