Friday 13th is here…

Fear of Friday 13th

Well it’s that time of month again!!!

Fear of Friday 13th

Friday 13th is a normal day for some but for others it can mean not going outside the front door. It is right up there on the scale of superstition with April Fool’s Day and Murphy’s Law. I am not at all superstitious but do believe in Karma, so do something good for yourself on Friday 13th.

Friday 13th facts

According to WIKI:

“The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia, a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning Friday), and dekatreís (meaning thirteen), attached to phobía (meaning fear). This is a specialized form of triskaidekaphobia, a simple phobia (fear) of the number thirteen, and is also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia.”

What a mouthful!

Here is a suspicious little story for you:

Do you know how to determine if a mirror is 2-way or not?

This is not to scare you, but to raise your awareness. Try it with a ‘regular’ mirror, and you can easily see what the gap means.

When we visit toilets, bathrooms, hotel rooms, changing rooms, etc., how many of you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary mirror hanging on the wall is a real mirror, or actually a 2-way mirror? (they can see you, but you can’t see them)

There have been many cases of people installing 2-way mirrors in female changing rooms. It is very difficult to positively identify the surface by just looking at it. So, how do we determine with any amount of certainty what type of mirror we are looking at?

Just conduct this simple test: Place the tip of your fingernail [or ball-point pen, eyebrow pencil. any object] against the reflective surface and if there IS A GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is a GENUINE mirror.

However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the image of your nail, then BEWARE, BECAUSE IT IS a 2-WAY MIRROR!

REMEMBER…every time you see a mirror, do the “fingernail test.” It doesn’t cost you anything, it is simple to do, and it might save you embarrassment or violation.

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I do not know if it is true but have checked all the mirrors in my house and the space is there. Do the mirror test to see if you find a two-way mirror.


Friday 13th has many explanations. Friday being the day Jesus was crucified, 13 being the number at the last supper. Alternatively, in British tradition, Friday was the day of public hangings, with 13 steps to the noose. Or it can be tracked more recently to 1306, when King Philip of France arrested the revered Knights Templar and began torturing them, marking the occasion as a day of evil.

However, today our fear of Friday 13th, is mostly illogical, and comes from condtioning at an early age. Anyone who experienced bad luck on the date, has their fears justified, but somehow forgets that other days of the year also brought bad luck or misfortune. If nothing bad happens on Friday 13th, we quickly forget. If it does, we remember well for the next time.

Friday 13th just unlucky?

In 2009, we experienced 3 occurrences of Friday 13th, so it could be deemed as rather an unlucky year. This year is somewhat better as August being the only one, and you’ll be glad to learn that the next occurrence is not until May 2011, also being the only one for 2011, with the next one Jan 2012.

If you genuinely believe you will have bad luck this Friday 13th, you are probably right. If you believe this superstition is nonsense, you are probably right.

2 thoughts on “Friday 13th is here…

  • August 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    LOL paraskavedekatriaphobia, it is one of those words, you might want to know for that 1 Trivial Pursuit question 😉

    Personally, (I am sure that won’t surprise you!), I don’t see that day as being any different.

    However, as I do believe we get what we focus on, I can understand why some people focusing on the bad / negative things would therefore get bad / negative things happening to them on that day (probably on other days too!), it is a circle!

    • August 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm

      The only bit I have a chance of remembering is …phobia, so I can get marks for that right?
      I agree that we get what we focus on, and I understand from a lot of my clients, that it’s hard to break the mold when you are used to focusing on the negative. It does require a conscious shift. Thankfully, all who are willing, can make that shift – and move mountains 😉

      Thanks for stopping by Frederique!

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