As someone born on Friday the 13th, I have always embraced this “bad luck” day. I choose 13 for my volleyball and soccer uniforms, don’t mind sitting in the 13th row (if there is one!), and find it fascinating that $800 to 900 million of business is “lost” on occurrences of Friday the 13th. I have to admit that I am not free from superstition, and did not step on cracks on my daily walk to school as a child to save both of my parents’ backs/spines. I detest horror films, so I never even watched Friday the 13th.
The reality is, 17 to 21 million people suffer from a phobia of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia. This fear comes from a double whammy: both the number 13 and Fridays are separately considered bad luck in folklore from many different traditions.
Since mind over matter works both ways, those with a fear of this day tend to get into more accidents and have worse “luck” on this day, perhaps due to their anxiety.
This month (March), if you need something to get over your fear of Friday the 13th, come to a yoga class at any 8 Limbs and we’ll only charge you $13 for a drop-in if you mention the 8 Limbs Blog. And find relief for your anxiety in knowing that the birthday of both myself and the 8 Limbs General Manager Ashley Dahl is Friday, March 13th.
But sorry, you won’t find us at work, we’ll both be staying at home, agoraphobic and working on our fear of growing old. 😉

Curious about Friday the 13th? Check out this informative article:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/02/0212_040212_friday13.html

Posted by: Anne Phyfe

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