In fact, there are actual names for the irrational fear of Friday the 13th: paraskevidekatriaphobia, created by Dr. Donald Dossey, an American psychotherapist, who based the word on the Greek words paraskevi ('Friday') and dekatria ('thirteen') with -phobia as a suffix to indicate 'fear.’ He’d also tell is patients, "when you learn to pronounce it, you're cured!"
Another term, coined in the early twentieth century referring to the fear of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia, And last, but not least, friggatriskaidekaphobia, also meaning 'fear of Friday 13th.’ The prefix frigga is actually based on the ancient Scandinavian goddess, Frigga, associated with witchcraft and Friday, which is often called the witches' sabbath.
While there is no one definitive answer why people associate Friday the 13th with bad luck (excluding the Friday the 13th movie franchise), there are numerous theories, including:
Here are some superstitions surrounding the number 13:
Believe it or not, the number 13 was considered to be a very lucky number in ancient Egypt. Why? Well, it was believed that the 13th stage of life is death. (Okay, for them that was a good thing!)
What to do if you believe you suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia...
If you are nervous and anxious that something bad is going to happen, chances are your subconscious might turn your fears into a self-fulfilling prophecy, so educating yourself is always a good first step. In addition, talking with a professional therapist, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner and/or a hypnotherapist can effectively help you overcome this phobia for good!
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