Conquering Friggatriskaidekaphobia: The Fear of Friday the 13th

Another Friday the 13th is upon us. Here’s a post I wrote about Friday the 13th and its superstitions.

Say it with me: “I am not afraid of Friday the 13th.”

Did you say it? If you did, you get a gold star. Well done!

If you were able to say that out loud and actually believed the words you said, you have conquered Friggatriskaidekaphobia, or the fear of Friday the 13th.

Seventeen to 20 million people in the United States are afflicted by this fear, according to a study that was conducted by the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina.

The number 13 has been thought to be an eerie number for centuries:  as a numeral, the number 12 has been typically thought of as a number of completeness. There weren’t 13 apostles, there were 12; there are not 13 hours on the clock, there are 12;  and there were not 13 gods of Olympus, but 12.

Bad things have happened on Fridays such…

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