The Concept Of Superstition

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Times change so rapidly, and it can’t be denied that culture changes just as fast. Booming cities come and go, the demand for jobs decreases and new jobs arise along with innovative technology, styles of clothing take hold and die out, and even ethnic populations are constantly changing as integration becomes more prominent. However, some things seem to hang onto civilization as generations pass. Some of these consistencies include the broad view that childbearing is important, the acknowledgement of different societies with distinct rules and regulations, and the sacredness of family and cultural traditions. One concept of consistency that is frequently overlooked and is also a rare topic of conversation, however, is the idea of superstitions.…show more content…
In other words, McClearn is stating that superstition is believing that performing or observing a certain action or ritual will somehow affect an outcome to which one prefers, or prevent an unpreferred outcome from occurring. It is made evident that this form of luck has been present in history due to accounts of literature from hundreds of years ago and it continues to be popular in the modern world by subconscious use of superstition in everyday life. Another psychology professor from Connecticut College, claims that “roughly half of Americans say they are at least slightly superstitious(Vyse PhD, LA Times, 25 Oct, 2010), proving that superstition plays a significant role in people 's lives even…show more content…
In athletics, it is seen as wearing a ‘lucky sock’ or ‘lucky headband’ in order to believe that the athlete’s performance will be improved because of the special clothing being worn. Before taking a test, some students tie their shoes a certain way or even keep a lucky object in their pocket to ‘ensure’ a good grade. The most general and popular forms of superstition today, however, is taking certain actions in order to receive good luck in any way, shape or form. Examples of this include picking up a penny ‘heads-up,’ avoiding stepping on a crack in the sidewalk, knocking on wood when something is said that could lead to a particular bad fate, looking away when a black cat is spotted on the street, and staying home on Friday the 13th to avoid any bad luck at all possible costs. Of course these superstitions have probably been altered as they’ve been passed on year after year, but that’s the beauty of time - it is possible to look into the past and see how much things have changed over numerous
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