We’ve safely made it past that day, the first of this year (there will be three total in 2012) and having successfully navigated past the first Friday the 13th of this year, ask yourself one question: Do you find yourself suffering from symptoms of paraskevidekatriaphobia?
Perhaps you may not recognize these symptoms initially but with some astute attentiveness, you may become aware of them. A few are listed here:
- Sudden appearance of a rabbit’s foot or lucky trinket in your possession
- Avoidance of ladders, specifically walking underneath one standing upright
- Compulsive need to toss salt over one shoulder when spilled in your presence
- Obsessive inclination toward elongating steps propelling your gait over cracks in pavement
- Fear of broken mirrors
- Voices in your head reciting “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning…”
All or some of the above can indicate you suffer from the annual paraskevidekatriaphobia syndrome, typically seen on Friday the 13th. Fortunately, this syndrome is not fatal (although those who suffer from the syndrome may believe otherwise). You may have heard it more commonly referred to by its street name – “Superstitious”.
Studies have been inconclusive regarding the frequency of this syndrome, as some individuals manage symptoms on a daily basis while others experience its effects only on specific dates (Friday the 13th). Movies have been created with this syndrome in mind although purely fictitious in content. What is conclusive is the longevity of paraskevidekatriaphobia’s presence, dating as far back as the earliest recorded history and the syndrome knows no cultural boundaries (think of ancient Mayan rituals and Caribbean salt lines drawn across doorways). This would suggest that everyone is susceptible and no one immune.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prepare for that inevitable moment when you may come face-to-face with an unlucky event. ACLS Classes in Orange County are open to the public and will train anyone seeking basic life support and first aid skills. Fun, friendly and helpful instructors will allow you to walk away ready for what may happen next. Tuck your non-latex gloves in your pocket next to your rabbit’s foot and smile…superstitious Friday the 13th isn’t really so scary after all.