Believe it or not most of us are affected by some form of anxiety in our everyday life. Weather it is being shy when talking in front of a large audience or worrying about a big paper you have to write for your English class. These are both common forms of anxiety related issues. Though neither is very severe both can be attributed to a manifestation of anxiety. It is believed that it is normal for everyone to experience a mild amount of anxiety during their lifetime. Common mild anxiety can be attributed to the stresses of everyday life. Anxiety diagnosis is at an all time high and is the number one mental health problem throughout the world. Anxiety affects more than twenty million people worldwide. The physical effects of anxiety and its disorders can range from being very mild such as being stressed out, all the way to severe and debilitating. Anxiety disorders can become so chronic and debilitating, that just getting out of bed in the morning can be difficult for a person suffering from a form of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety does not discriminate it affects every race, ethnicity, gender and social class. Nobody is immune to it.
“A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears” (qtd. In Root 1). Anxiety is an uncontrollable persistent feeling of dread, fear and worry. Anxiety can be attributed to a stressful or traumatic event that took place previously in a persons life. The early warning signs and symptoms of anxiety related disorders start with worrying excessively about minor matters. More severe symptoms include muscle aches, tension and spasms along with shortness of breath and heart palpitations. People diagnosed with anxiety related disorders often experience other mental health problems such as depression. Depression caused by anxiety is often coupled with some form of substance abuse. Women are also statistically at a greater risk of developing an anxiety related disorder. There are six scientifically classified categories of adult anxiety related disorders.
The most common anxiety disorder is known as generalized anxiety disorder. General anxiety disorder is usually developed before the age of twenty. Symptoms of this disorder include persistent uncontrollable worrying that lasts longer than six months at a time. Eighty percent of people with this form of anxiety are also diagnosed with depression as well. Panic disorder is another form of anxiety. Panic disorder is also known as panic attacks. During a panic attack a person feels an intense feeling of panic and apprehension. Panic attacks happen often but sporadically and usually do not last longer than ten minutes. It is medically unknown what triggers panic attacks in people. Anxiety researchers suggest “These attacks are typically experienced out of the blue, and are not precipitated by a situational trigger”(Crits et al. 16).
The most diverse category of anxiety disorders are phobias. Phobias are inexplicable and illogical fears of a particular object, class of objects, or situation. People suffering from phobias worry about what will happen when they come in contact with that particular object, class of objects or situation. Phobias can range from the fear of heights, to the fear of a certain animals. Social anxiety disorder is also known as social phobia. People with this disorder fear social situations or interactions where they are the center of attention. They fear embarrassing themselves in front of others thus increasing their own anxiety levels. In a social setting people suffering from social anxiety disorder tend to sweat and become visibly flustered. People with this disorder try and avoid these social situations all together and are usually always self conscious type people. I think one way or the other we all have our own manifestation of social anxiety, I know I do.
Believe it or not, from the 1800s to now, there are several similarities and differences in superstition. A similarity would include the superstition of spilling salt and throwing it over your left shoulder. A difference from modern superstitions from past superstitions, is we have scientific evidence explaining why things happen. Some things just stick with people throughout the years, and some things get proven. Also, Jim and Huck have many different perspectives on superstition. In the story, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, superstition plays a huge role in describing the way of life back in the 1800s.
At one part of the book, Huck spills salt and throws it over his left shoulder. “One morning I happened to turn over the salt-cellar at breakfast. I reached for some of it as quick as I could to throw over my left shoulder and keep off the bad luck, but Miss Watson was in ahead of me, and crossed me off.” Even nowadays people still do this, because people are still cautious about having bad luck. The superstition about salt goes back to the biblical days. Spilling salt is considered bad luck because salt was expensive, crucial in preserving food, and was often used as money. It is considered a huge offense to the lord and the devil will take more interest in you. Throwing salt over your shoulder is similar to blessing someone after they have sneezed. It's a way of...
...Topic: Ateneans believe in superstitions
Now days that new generation have developed their own lifestyle as very different as before the later generations, many cultures died, forgotten and unexrecised by now. This thing is happening because of now rapidly growing technology, commercializations, industrializations and globalizations.
One of the cultures, which have totally affected by these things, is our beliefs. Beliefs that have the tendency to change even in a short period because every person has a unique cognitive aspect in viewing things. We are the one who make a decision, which things the things and we going to believe are not going to believe. Others may influence our ability to think but in the end, we are still the one, which will segregate things that we are going to believe.
I came up on a decision to choose an example of beliefs which I am going to research for an answer whether it is still beliveng by others. Those beliefs are the superstition beliefs and that others are the ateneans of these days.
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A research study entitled “ The Superstitions of Today’s Clooge...
...Superstition: A wider perspective needed
In ‘Defense of Superstition’, Hutson (2012) asserts that humans inevitably exhibit some amount of superstition in their behavior and thought and that it is instinctual and acceptable to do so given the psychological benefits that they bring. Hutson justifies his claim with two reasons. He first postulates that belief in superstition can boost self-belief ahead of performance-based tasks, as people perceive that they are better able to influence the outcome when they adhere to their personal superstitious rituals. Secondly, Hutson asserts that irrational beliefs such as the belief in god and karma helps people to assign causality between unrelated events and bring meaning to life instead of accepting chance as the only reason for all happenings. Although his arguments are generally logical and corroborated by evidence, Hutson presents a myopic notion of ‘superstition’. Next, he dismisses the drawbacks of superstition rapidly without weighing up the cases for and against. Lastly, Hutson also fails to deliver persuasive evidence to pillar his case. With his rather lopsided argument and questionable substantiation, Hutson fails to convince me that superstition is beneficial.
Superstition can be broadly defined as “irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially leading to good luck or bad luck or a...
– Fan Death
*A common Korean superstition that has been present in South Korean culture for quite some was after the invention of the electric fan.
*A really random idea from a random person thought that having an electric fan running overnight in a closed room (doors and windows shut) could kill you by either suffocation or hypothermia. This phenomenon is known as, “Fan Death.”
* You might notice that the weather in Korea in the summer time is very hot and humid. So what’s a good way to cool off your naked body on a hot, humid summer day? Cooling yourself off with an electric fan, of course.
* The “Fan Death” superstition has become so popular in the Korean culture that companies who make fans started to incorporate timers in these electric fans so that you can set it to turn off by itself when you are asleep.
*Korean “scientists” over the years have tried to prove that this could in fact happen, but the argument has been thought of as just plain ol’ crazy by western “scientists.” This would be numerous theories:
1)The fan chops up the air molecules in the room, making them un-breathable
2)The fan causes hypothermia in its sleeping victim
3)The fan sucks the air out of the room like a vacuum, inducing suffocation
*It might also be tempting to tell your Korean friends about the many nights that you’ve slept with a fan on and the windows closed, and lived to tell the tale. However, don’t expect this...
...Superstitions from Korea and the World
Sun Young Mun
Every person somehow does believe in superstitious beliefs. In different
situations we tend to believe in superstitions although we know that they are not true.
There are many interesting superstitions with historical evidence and no evidence to
believe not only in Korea but also in many other countries.
There are superstitions originated in Korea many years ago, most people do
not believe in them anymore but there are still some superstitions that still affect
people’s life. First of all, a good example of a Korean historical superstition is “If you
hear a crow cry, you will get bad luck”. According to Korean folklore society (2008)
the history of this superstition says that King Soji received a letter that was about
conspiracy to kill him and because it was a crow who delivered this letter to him, crow started to be known as a bird that brings bad luck to people. On the other
hand, there are some examples of superstitions from Korea with no historical
evidence and that people believe it just for fun such as “Do not scribble on sleeping
person’s face” because left soul cannot find the body it belongs so the person will die
and “You will forget what you studied if you wash your hair on the test day” Korean
people believe that knowledge can be...
...The Power of Superstition
Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse, and morality without religion is impossible, said by Mark Hopkins. Mark Twain uses superstition to show people in the century he live were un-educated, many people thinks superstition is real, which is no scientifically proofed, and also creates interest for reading the novel of “The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn”.
For those people who think superstations are real and know a lot about superstition, superstition always makes them fear, and keeps them on their toes. Jim is one of them, he knows a lot about superstition, and he thinks they are real. He always fears about doing something that might bring him bad luck, and always tells Huck about them. In the first chapter, Huck says a spider shrivel is a sign of bad luck, but it didn’t actually brings him bad luck. In chapter 10, Jim says, “druther see the new moon over my left shoulder as much as a thousand times than take up a snake-skin in my hand,”(Pg53) means see the new moon over my left shoulder will bring him bad luck, and touch snake skin even worse. Later on, Huck touched snake skin and they actually got bad luck. Jim was bit by the dead snake’s family and wasn’t able to walk for a few days after Huck killed a snake and hid it under Jim’s bed. This is a irony from Mark Twain - it’s a superstition but they are real. When a...
...When reading Superstitions About Rats by Lesley Emmanuel, the reader will notice a distinct focus on the portrayal of the female characters in the short story. The women in Lesley Emanuel’s Superstitions About Rats are portrayed in such a way that one cannot label or identify them without referring to their relationships with other characters or the settings that serve to characterise them. It is also quite obvious that each of these characters has an influence on the main character, Anniline, in some way or another, either direct or indirect.
By looking at the way that Annilene’ science teacher, Mrs Coetzee, treats het, it is clear that her scientific nature influences her to be sceptic and sarcastic towards Anniline and her statements about superstitious beliefs. This can be seen by Mrs Coetzee’s words to Anniline, “Oh for heaven’s sake Anniline, look at you standing there… . Say something girl, do something, start living in the real world! … Just get to class!” on page 221 where she scowls at Anniline after she told her that she recommended that Anniline does not get elected as prefect. She is also very mean in the way she talks to Anniline with her ever present scalding tone of voice. Even though she comes forth as cold and harsh, her treatment of Anniline could be seen as her way of trying to help Anniline to snap out of her little superstitious world and live in the reality of what is happening around her. The gesture that she made...
...disruptive conducts. Thus operant molding is at work and proven useful in redirecting behaviors. But what about superstitions?
Operant molding fundamentally means studying regulated by the results of the living being's conduct. I am for the most part concentrating on superstitious conduct. Superstitious conduct implies movements connected to support by sheer occurrence. Sportspeople are more inclined to superstitions than other individuals (Shaner, 1999). This is likely since numerous brandishing occasions depend vigorously on shot. In spite of the fact that operant molding isn't fully answerable for superstitions, it unequivocally assumes a paramount part.
• What number of the accompanying conducts do you perform?
• Never opening an umbrella inside
• Not strolling under a stepladder
• Crossing the road at whatever point you see a black feline
• Carrying a lucky appeal or jewelry
• Going off your route not to venture on breaks in a walkway
• Knocking on wood
• Crossing your fingers
• Avoiding the number 13
Consistent with the research, 12 percent of Americans are anxious about strolling under a stepladder, while 14 percent are perplexed about intersection ways with a black feline. When I read through these superstitions I understood that there is a larger number of superstitious than I considered were out there. Out of the eight superstitions above, I perform five. I did...