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The science of why people believe in superstitions

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Superstitious beliefs have been shown to help promote a positive mental attitude. It can also give rise to the notion that objects and places are cursed.

Superstition is also highly prevalent within sport – especially in highly competitive situations. Michael Jordan concealed his lucky North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls team kit. Similarly, the tennis legend Björn Bork, reportedly wore the same brand of shirt when preparing for Wimbledon.

Whatever you feel about it, superstitions can provide reassurance and can help to reduce anxiety in some people.
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Do you believe in any superstition? Do you think it's silly to believe in it?
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I think it has a lot to do with what you mean when you say superstition. If you mean a curse or a hex then no. But I do believe in supernatural things that we cant explain like miracles and the like
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Superstitions are nothing. I used to have a rabbit's foot when I was younger but whenever I had it, things only get worse so I stopped in superstitions. They're a bunch of crap.
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I tend to just follow what the superstitions say in order to avoid myself from regretting later on. It's the anxiety of the regret that I might feel if I don't follow the superstition, regardless if it was caused by not following the superstition or not, that I'm avoiding.
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I don't really believe in superstition but I also do not want to tempt faith so my stance is - I'd rather be safe than sorry so I do some of the things that may seem"superstitious".
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I do follow some superstitions and I don't see anything wrong with them. I just feel more confident when I follow those.
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I don't believe in superstitions. They're nonsense. People can't even explain why they believe in such.
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I think most people would rather follow a bit of superstition rather than regret it afterwards.
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For me, I always calculate the cost of things. Which is riskier, to follow or not to follow a superstition. Which ever is less risky is what I would do. More often than not, following a superstition is less costly so that's what I end doing.
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All religious beliefs and practices may seem superstitious to the person without religion. Even people who claim they have no superstitions are likely to do a few things they cannot explain. A superstition is simply a behavior that has no rational basis or history or a history that is long-lost.
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I don't believe in superstitions. But, my perspective about imaginations and beliefs changed significantly after reading"Sapiens" By Yuval Novah. Humans live in dual reality. One is physical reality and the other is imaginative reality. Like, we believe in money, ideally it just does not have any value if we all don't imagine that it has that value. Superstitions are a side effect of this same imaginations humans have. And, we would not have been where we are without that imagination. So, we have to deal with it for now :)
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I don't believe in superstitions too but sometimes I follow for the sake of the person I am with. I try to humor them especially if it is important to them.
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I think most people would rather follow a bit of superstition rather than regret it afterwards.
I agree. I don't particularly believe it them but if I have come face to face with a choice, I would choose to believe.
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Every known civilization that ever existed on the planet had something common in them; these were the myths and superstitions that were a crucial part of their cultures. This is why superstitions are important even if you don't necessarily believe in them.
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