Superstitions are basically seen as inconsequential creations of irrational minds. Magical thinking or superstition is defined as the believe that action an object or a circumstance not in any way logically related to the happening of event can influence its outcome. Even after all this enlightenment and modernization that has happened, superstitious beliefs still continue to persist in our societies. Superstitions go way back in history and through the process they have undergone evolution. Many superstitious undertakings are as a result of false interpretation of natural events.
Where Do Superstitious Beliefs Come From?
Superstition tends to be more prevalent in areas where there’s a lot of uncertainty for instance a test in school, a first date or an interview. People feel desperate to get answers for all the unfortunate happenings they experience. Coming out as superstitious makes them conceal their mistakes by shifting blame on luck, which they claim that it’s only God who can control it . Recent studies show that stress makes individuals to believe in rituals as well in conspiracy theories which results into them being more likely to see view that actually dont exist.
When individuals feel that they do not have control over their own lives, they tend to impose structure or order on the world. When people have less control over their own lives, the more they are likely to try to get back the control via mental gymnastics. Control is very paramount to individuals, lack therein can be very threatening. However, Some of the misperceptions are quite misleading,but still awfully commonplace and probably satisfy an enduring and profoundpsychological need.
Why Do People Become Superstitious?
People become superstitious because of some factors including need of control, worrying about life and also not enjoying the ambiguity in their lives. You say one has had luck when something happens beyond that person’s control. It can be good luck or bad luck. For hundreds of years people have always trusted in good luck and wholesomely concur that fortune can be influenced spiritually by shunning some circumstances or performing certain rituals for instance prayer. To some, they believe when you perform certain blessed action or taboo, it influences how fortune will favor them in future.
Then there is bad luck but that doesn’t mean that whenever any unfortunate event happens is due to bad luck because sometimes events just occur so randomly or are caused by things beyond human comprehension ability. Making excuses or blaming others are just sneaky ways of avoiding to take responsibilities. This is such a common happening among most people. Some would point out activities or circumstances that possibly led to their misfortune but fail to see their contributions to the event. Blame game and making excuses is the worst approach to life one can ever have to life since it prevents individuals from realizing the mistakes they make in life and do something to change them.
Superstitious Beliefs in Interviews
Interviews are one of the uncertain events where individuals happen to be so superstitious. Can luck influence the outcome of an interview? This question has captivated otherwise rational people for hundreds of years with scientist trying to find proof of how lucky charms, ritualistic behaviors and special clothes hold special powers. During an interview, there are so many factors that can make one fail the interview ranging from arriving too late, dressing inappropriately, leaving the cellphone on, sitting in a sloppy manner, forgetting a copy of your resume, forgetting about what’s written in your resume, being unprepared to the standard job questions, failing to listen carefully to the interviewers questions, failing to do your homework about the potential employer, lying on qualifications, experience and your knowledge to showing less interest, interrupting the interviewers questions, sounding desperate and do many more.
These are majorly random and normal situations that have little to do with superstitions. You do not necessarily have to blame it on the interviewers bad luck or even relate it to superstitious issues but instead learn from your mistakes, take responsibilities and take action on correcting the mishaps. Having said that, research actually shows believing in good luck can actually improve performance. In a research carried out from the University of Cologne on the psychology of superstition showed that when individuals believed in their own good fortune it can actually help them in situations where it affects the outcome.
The findings say, ‘Results suggest that the activation of superstition can indeed yield performance-improving effects’. The idea that wearing a red cloth or saying some sought of prayer or incantation or even carrying a lucky charm will bring luck is quite appealing because it gives the illusion that an individual has some control over the future events in their lives which might not necessarily replicate in the real lives.
The Power of Good Luck Charms
According to the research, the more an individual strongly believed in lucky charms, the more confident they became. The study showed that, ‘the more confident superstitious individuals were, the better they performed, perhaps due to self-efficacy, the belief in one’s ability to succeed at a specific challenge which has been linked to how willing people are to persist at a given task’. This can be extrapolated into interviews whereby your mind in its positive gear referred to as ‘beliefs’ will rev up to move forward towards your goal.
People have their own lucky charms that they use during uncertain situations such as interviews. They range from lucky charms, color of cloth, rosary, photos of Jesus, Saints or other gods and so many more. Using routines or objects which possess magical powers do not essentially make you act in a certain way and as much as it’s very close, it’s not necessarily magic.
Superstitious beliefs have been with us for such a long time and are here to stay. It actually wouldn’t hurt to open yourself up to the idea of luck and start working on your own. If anything, if you find your superstition or lucky charm, it will give you the illusion of luck is on your side and ultimately boost your confidence or motivation. If you’ve failed more than 100 interviews, it’s not too later to incorporate luck in your current job search. Tell the people around you about it and let them wish you luck and you will definitely feel supported.
Failures shouldn’t threaten you since your luck might still be in the works. As they say everything happens for a reason. Just trust that your good luck charm or even superstition will cast away the bad situations or even jobs. Better opportunities will present themselves as you keep looking. Cross your fingers, hold your good luck charm and try out the next opportunity.
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