We often believe in superstition, subconsciously realizing that it's not working. Why are we doing this?
Jane Risen, a professor of behavioral sciences at the University of Chicago, Illinois, and a member of the American Psychological Society, used the so-called double-process cognition model to explain our belief in superstition.
According to Risen (and other famous authors such as Daniel Kahneman), people can think both “fast” and “slowly”. The first way of thinking is fast and intuitive (emotional), and the second is more rational, and its main task is to reject an intuitive judgment when errors are detected.
The researcher notes that error detection does not imply automatic error correction. In other words, people can understand that their faith is wrong, but still act in accordance with their beliefs.
Despite the seeming “imperfection” of our brain, superstition has amazing properties to soothe us.
You must admit that sometimes it’s much easier to knock on a tree and calm down than to bring yourself endless arguments - why everything should go well.
We do not hesitate to spit over our shoulders, and leave the problem behind us.
Some scientists believe that harmless superstitions can develop into a more complex form - obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, until now this connection has not been fully proven, because, despite the external similarities in behavior, superstition and OCD activate different parts of the brain.
It's up to you whether to believe or not to believe in magical thinking.
The main thing is that your faith helps you, not hurts.