A new study released at the beginning of October has found that superstitions may actually have an important role in reversing bad luck. The study performed by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business found that knocking on wood can really undo a jinx.
Common superstitions such as knocking on wood, splitting or throwing salt after tempting fate can protect you from bad luck, at least this is what the new study has found. Many people think that certain undesired events happen after they mention them. For instance, claiming that none of the people you know has ever been involved in an accident raises the risk for this to actually occur. A ritual of preventing bad luck, such as knocking on wood, can eliminate this risk and prevent the unfortunate event from happening. These rituals have the role of undoing bad luck, so they can eliminate concerns that you might have tempted fate.
Jane Risen, one of the researchers participating at this study claims that not all the actions we do to prevent bad luck are effective. “Instead, we find that avoidant actions that exert force away from one’s representation of self are especially effective for reducing the anticipated negative consequences following a jinx”, Jane claimed according to ScienceDaily.com. What the researcher says is that engaging in an avoidant action will produce the desired results when it comes to eliminating the bad luck.
When people think that an unfortunate event might occur, they do their best to eliminate its risk of occurance. By believing that a certain action will push the bad luck away, that this is exactly what might happen. The study shows that a less vivid mental image of the negative event occurred when people knocked on wood or did something that diminished their belief the event in cause will occur.
The new study makes us think that what our mind imagines can be a trigger for real happenings. Do you believe in superstitions?
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