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PSYC 341 Lecture 5: Homework 4 Psych 341Exam

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PSYC 341
Timothy Tran
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Homework 4
What do superstitious behaviors and compulsions have in common?
- Superstitions and compulsion seem connected because of their similar thought processes that
lead to the same compulsive action. Bothe those with superstition and those with compulsion live
with an acute sense of self- perpetuated fear that drives their day-to-day reality. This type of
mentality is what classifies both superstitious belief as well as obsessive compulsive disorder, so
when viewed from this perspective, it seems that two are related.
How are they different? Why don’t they extinguish
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OSD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and
repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsession), or behaviors that make them feels driven
to do something (compulsion). With OCD, a person may or may not realize that the obsessions are
unreasonable and may try to ignore or prevent them. However, that only increase the anxiety and
distress, eventually driving a person to perform compulsive acts in an effort to ease the disturbing
feelings. Some of the symptom of OCD can mimic superstitious behaviors, but most of the
evidence available a would indicate there is no connection between Compulsion and Superstition.
For instance, if a young woman won her match wearing her pink and white vision, she might want
to wear it to all of her matches to relieve her performance anxiety.
- In the other hand, a superstition is a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of unknown,
trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation. Some authorities suggested that
superstitions are a fundamental feature of OCD; however, in order to label OCD, the compulsions
or obsessions must significantly impact one’s life.
How do “popular” superstitions spread to many people?
- In analyzing the origins of many of the superstitious that are popular today especially in America
culture, the melting pot is a concept that comes to mind. For example, knocking on wood for good
luck is superstition made popular through another song. This superstition originated in Pre-
Christian Ireland, when trees were believed to be sacred and said to house spirits. Moreover, the
various cultures in the U.S. is mixing in any number of ways, it could be from fast food to music,
so it seems like superstitions would spread and mix easily. In addition, the origins of common
superstitions are just as diverse as many cultures that make up the United Stated, which is
indicative of the values of different cultures fusing together.
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