Friggatriskaidekaphobia–a huge word that is terrifying in itself–is defined as having a morbid fear of Friday the 13th (as opposed to triskaidekaphobia, which is the fear of the number 13).
Many people are so absolutely paralyzed by fear and won’t fly, drive, or even leave the house.
Many famous people were afraid of the number 13.
Napoleon avoided it like the plague.
US President Hoover didn’t like it.
Franklin D. Roosevelt wouldn’t travel on the 13th, wouldn’t have 13 dinner guests.
Henry Ford would not do business on Friday the 13th.
Where Did All Of This Start, Anyway?
Here’s the weirdest part of Friggatriskaidekaphobia: Nobody seems to know where this all started. I have no idea where this superstition comes from… I’m IN this business!
We do know that the fear of Friday the 13th started to become mainstream popular in the 1950′s. The fear of the number 13 started in the early 1900′s.
I don’t know. And when I ask people, I get vague answers like “it’s a bad luck day.”
I actually think it’s a lucky day.
I figure that with so many avoiding travel that it’s a perfect day for a drive or to fly somewhere. Not to mention that it is statistically safer to travel when there are less people around to get into an accident with!
Friggatriskaidekaphobia: Is It Self Hypnosis?
You attract to yourself what you think about most.
If you are a positive thinker, positive things seem to happen all the time.
If you are negative thinker, negative things seem to happen. All the time.
You can change your internal thinking easily, just by changing your focus.
Given that there appears to be no rational reason for the fear of Friday the 13th why not focus on making Friday the 13th the best day you’ve ever had?
Why not say to yourself “Something really positive is going to happen to me today?”
Go ahead and have FUN with it! Think about the fact that if millions of people stay home… the roads will be much safer… lineups will be much shorter… you’ll be able to get more done…
By focusing on the positives and expecting the best out of your day, you’ll find that good things will start “appearing” all around you.
Let me be clear about something, though. Those positive things have always been there, you just haven’t noticed them. By turning your focus towards the positive, you’ll attract success to yourself.
It just takes a bit of practice, that’s all. Try it–today–and amaze yourself. Make Friday the 13th YOUR lucky day!
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