According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, approximately 17 to 21 million US citizens are affected by a fear of Friday the 13th. This makes it the most feared day and date in history.
Some people are so paralysed by fear on Friday 13th that they avoid their normal routines, from business, to flights, to significant events. Even getting out of bed is fraught.
When I was a teenager, I’d educate anyone who’d listen on the irrefutable proof of events that proved that Friday 13 was unlucky. I hated 13 with a vengeance and Friday 13th? My mum wasn’t having any of it if I tried to talk my way out of going to school. I’ve outgrown the obsession now and am ironically in the position, as a hypnotherapist to help people who live in fear of Friday the 13th.
I remember one Friday the 13th in the 90s when the late Whitney Houston was scheldued to be appearing on the Terry Wogan show. She cancelled last minute. In her stead was Sabrina Johnston singing Peace in 4 inch stilletos and simulated rain on stage and my heart was in my mouth as I was sure we were going to see her trip live on TV. She didn’t, proof that one doesn’t have to tip toe on Friday the 13th.
It’s estimated that with so many reluctant to even get out of bed on the day, this date alone costs the American economy between $800 and $900 million in lost revenue. That would be double this year alone with two occurrences of Friday 13th already. November will be the third month in 2015 with a Friday 13th.
The Andes Flight Disaster was on Friday the 13th (October) in 1972. Yet for the 16 survivors of the 45 passengers, who went on to survive the unspeakable over the next 72 days, were they the luckiest of individuals? Very mixed luck.
Sadly, the stats show that something is up. But I think it’s a subconscious collective influence that causes a rise accidents, casualities, and even fatalities. But then in China, where the number 4 is considered unlucky as it sounds like death, there is a spike in heart-attacks, hospital admissions and deaths on the 4th of every month.
If the power of these dates is in the mind, then it’s time we re-orientate our minds in our favour.
If you identify as someone with a Friday 13th phobia, then get in touch with me and I can help you overcome this anxiety of Friday 13.