I was doing a reading passage with a senior pupil this morning which was about bizarre rituals which people do because they think they bring them good
luck - one example given was that tennis player who had to watch the Tellytubbies before every match because the first time he watched them he won his
match and in his mind there was a causal link.
A second example given was a footballer whose ritual was that he had to leave the dressing room last at half time. This worked until his team mate was injured and he had to wait until he was taken off in an ambulance which in turn meant that his team started the second half 2 men down.
Apparently there is a historical reason for superstition. At one point we would have stayed safe for example by not going near a certain bush and that as we are all the descendants of people who avoided certain things and stayed safe as a result we have learned that rituals and superstitions make us feel safer.
(It made me wonder about religion but that was not what the passage was about, it was a psychological paper)
So, do you have any ritualistic behaviour which would seem odd to an outsider?
My friend salutes a single magpie when she sees one - even if she is driving.
Another friend if he finds a penny gives it to someone else in order to have luck himself.
See a pin, pick it up, all day long you'll have a pin.
I have a superstition that if I ignore SWMBO long enough, she will go away.....it never works.
I avoid mentioning Manchester United, because...