Superstitious or Skeptical?: Friday the 13th

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Superstitious or Skeptical?: Friday the 13th

Do you have any superstitions or phobias?
Illustrative Photograph of Kage Blakeney.

Do you have any superstitions or phobias? Illustrative Photograph of Kage Blakeney.

Janelle White

Do you have any superstitions or phobias? Illustrative Photograph of Kage Blakeney.

Janelle White

Janelle White

Do you have any superstitions or phobias? Illustrative Photograph of Kage Blakeney.

Janelle White, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

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Friday the 13th has been considered an unlucky day in our calendars for as long as many people can remember. Some seize the day as any other, but many people have developed a fear surrounding the 13th. This fear is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, and individuals suffer due to the negative associations that derive from it. This year Friday assumed its place on the 13th, accompanying a full harvest moon for the first time in 13 years which may seem a little off-putting to some people. So what is superstition, and why do people fear it?

Junior Isabel Bernal doesn’t believe in the superstition surrounding the day. “I’m generally not a superstitious person. I feel like if you think something bad will happen, then it will. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Bernal expands on the topic, talking about how these bad things can be taken into consideration on these days. “I think because the day is associated with spooky things, people are more inclined to believe normal things that happen to them have an alternative meaning or motive.”

Although Bernal is immune to the the negativity it brings, she doesn’t dismiss the impact it has on other people. “Sometimes people (including myself) see or hear things that are extraordinary and react to it in their own ways. If they say they experienced a ghost, that’s what was real to them! So who am I to be a skeptic?” She elaborates, “If we’re talking about just Friday the 13th, then I would say I never had any superstitions surrounding that day and it has never been a big deal for me in that respect.”

Bernal doesn’t have the paraskevidekatriaphobia, and claims she doesn’t have any fears at all! “Honestly? I don’t think I have any specialized fears or phobias. Maybe one day I’ll find one!”

On the other side of the spectrum, Seventh grader Wilfredo Soriano does believe in the bad luck. “I’ve heard that during Friday the 13th, accidents happen. When my dad and I were going to pick up my mom from work last year, our car bumped into another car.” Soriano continues, “Since Friday the 13th and the harvest moon is on the same day tomorrow, I think something is going to happen. But I also think it’s just a coincidence!”

Concerning the superstition that surrounds the day, Soriano does hold a notion. “I do believe in the breaking glass superstition, like when you break glass. It’s bad luck!” He retorts, “I broke glass years ago, although, I don’t recall anything happening after that event.”

Despite Soriano’s belief, he doesn’t have a fear of the 13th. Soriano has a fear of heights, but it hasn’t affected him in his day to day life.

Superstitions can be taken seriously, or with a grain of salt. In a poll taken by 60 people from our school, 46 people voted that they didn’t believe in the stigma, while 14 people said they do. On a day so focused on being unlucky, what do you believe in?