FRIDAY the 13th has always had a bad reputation – some insist nothing good can happen.
The date can occur up to three times in one year. Here’s what we know about the phobia.
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What is fear of Friday the 13th called?
Fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia.
The panic associated with Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia.
The scientific term arises from the Greek words Paraskeví meaning Friday and dekatreís meaning thirteen.
Other names for this phobia include friggatriskaidekaphobia which originates from Norse mythology where Frigg is the Norse Goddess for Friday.
Why do people fear the date?
Many Christians consider the day unlucky because it is associated with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
An idea is that Judas,who betrayed Christ, was the 13th guest at the Last Supper
In Roman culture, witches are believed to have gathered in groups of 12 where the 13th witch is the “Devil” itself.
Superstition with the date appeared to have grown in the Middle Ages.
The French King Philip IV would torture victims on Friday the 13th.
Likewise, in Britain, many public hangings took place on this day.
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What are symptoms of the phobia?
Many people who suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia can not leave the house on Friday the 13th.
Other symptoms include:
- Nervous giggling
- Light headedness or dizziness
- Rapid heart beat
- Suicidal thoughts
- Engaging in ritualistic behaviour