Friday, the 13th! Does this day scare you?
Are you afraid to leave the house, step on a crack, or walk under a ladder? If so, then you suffer from Paraskevidekatriaphobia or…fear of Friday, the 13th!
There’s no concrete proof of how or where this date became so unlucky. Myths range from thirteen people being present during the Last Supper of Christ, to Phillip the IV of France arresting hundreds of Knights Templar on Friday, October 13th, 1307.
According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed.
Wow! That’s nearly ten percent of the population! Are you among that number? If so, keep calm and don’t worry. The good thing about Friday the 13th is it ends…like every other day, and before you can blink, you’re staring another Monday in the face.
Now there’s a day to be feared! (And fear of Mondays is called Lunaediesophobia!)
Enjoy the weekend!