How superstitious do you consider yourself to be, especially when it comes to any type of chance where you’re up against the odds, a spin which can go either way. It’s found that most are ultimately superstitious to a certain degree.
Even the most skilled of those who happen to play games of chance or any type of professional athlete, such as a poker or a baseball player, will usually surrender to some type of a superstitious belief.
It comes down to the fallibility of the human condition which is associated with the reasoning when it comes to the single source or reason of superstitious belief.
At times, mystical or supernatural forces are involved where references are made to these beliefs, which may even teeter on the magical or the occult. But superstition itself covers a wide range of beliefs, such as:
• Why am I always so unlucky
• These are my lucky lottery numbers I play every week
• I don’t begin my day until I know what my astrology reads
• A solid belief in the paranormal or the occult
When it comes to games of chance, it’s thought that superstition is viewed as more of an belief system, like a ritual, that doing a certain routine is able to bring good luck or a favorable outcome.
Conversely, it’s thought that it may also bring bad luck when there’s no rational or an acceptable ground for such a belief system.
Most Of Us Are Superstitious
A recent survey suggested that up to 65% percent of us are somewhat superstitious to some point. The most common behaviors are the ones that we’ve adopted as kids, such as:
• Touch wood for good luck
• Avoid walking underneath ladders
• Throwing salt over one’s shoulder
• Avoid stepping on cracks on a sidewalk
It’s also a stereotypical thought that certain groups of people within our society will generally be more superstitious than what’s considered the norm.
These groups include the majority of professional athletes, actors, and others in the performing arts such as singers, but particularly singled out are those who gamble and play games of chance.
Those Who Don’t Believe In Superstition
There is a portion of the population who’s known as the non-believers, who would rather making their decisions based on fact and logic, and refusing to believe that any type of superstition works or exists.
However, when these same individuals are under extreme stress or uncertainty, where they need to make an instant split second decision, or are in a helpless situation, they’ll take control of these situations by applying previous superstitious, or at the very least their beliefs.
Luck Or Leaving Things To Chance
Recent research proposed that when there’s an absence of a known cause, those who are superstitious will usually attribute certain events towards abstract causes such as luck and chance.
What they did was differentiate between what luck and chance are, and then suggested that luck is more of an unexpected “positive” result, and thought that chance is related more to surprising coincidences.
Others have suggested that luck is a distinct property of a person, where chance is more concerned with external unpredictability. There are some who will exhibit the belief that they’ll usually somewhat have control over their destiny.
They’ll knock on wood for good measure, this to avoid bad luck or will carry some type of lucky charm such as a coin or a rabbit’s foot for generating good luck.
Another theory is that a belief in superstition and luck will not only account for the causal explanations when it comes to chance, but may also provide a desired element, an edge when it comes to personal control.
So How Superstitious Are You
Are those who gamble for a living really that much more superstitious. A study was held which examined the actual beliefs that these people held when it came to luck and superstition, and how it influences their behavior.
The study was conducted on a large group of casual bingo players which revealed that the majority of the players, over 80% percent, had some type of superstitious belief which dictated their activities.
These beliefs which could be considered superstitions included: never placing newly bought shoes on the top of a table, avoid passing someone on the stairs, avoid walking under ladders, etc., being the most common.
Other common beliefs and superstitions included:
• Having a lucky friend close by
• Having a lucky day or night of the week
• Sitting in the same exact seat
• Believing that certain numbers are luckier than others
• Doing something to change their current bad luck
• The belief that winning and losing streaks exists
If More To Lose Is At Stake
It was found that if the stakes are higher, and there’s more to lose, the more superstitious that people will become. They’ll then succumbed to doing more routine things or events which worked for them in the past.
Even for those who never held a strong belief in superstition or luck, there’s still evidence which points towards having certain beliefs, since at the very least will add to more excitement.
So it’s clear that the element of luck and superstition can add to the existing thrill. What can’t be determined is whether these same individuals would believe or behave the same way if the stakes were higher.
It appears that the more risk is at hand, that’s when most will then clutch on to their lucky charms a little bit harder, relying more on their superstitious beliefs and luck, hoping for a favorable outcome.