Paraskavedekatriaphobia or Fear of Friday 13th.


For many people the superstition of Friday 13th just exists, we may not know the science behind it or why we are superstitious about it but would we actually make plans for a big life event to happen on a Friday that fell on the 13th of the month?

Psychologists have even provided us with an official word which means “a fear of Friday 13th which is now known as Paraskavedekatriaphobia.

*Why do we fear Friday 13th?

The fear of Friday the 13th has been regarded as an unlucky day for many years and it thought to have biblical origins.

  • The superstition around this day is thought to have come about during the Middle Ages, and may have Biblical origins.
  • Some historians have claimed it was the day on which Eve bit the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, the great flood began and the builders of the Tower of Babel.
  • In the New Testament there were 13 people present for Jesus’s last supper on Maundy Thursday, the day before Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday.

Dr Caroline Watt of the University of Edinburgh says that it is the belief in the Friday 13th superstition that could, in fact, prove the greatest risk to the average person: “If people believe in the superstition of Friday the 13th then they believe they are in greater danger on that day.

“As a result they may be more anxious and distracted and this could lead to accidents. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

“It is like telling someone they are cursed. If they believe they are then they will worry, their blood pressure will go up and they put themselves at risk.”

*The above information has been sourced from an original article in the Telegraph and for the full article please visit:

If you suffer from Paraskavedekatriaphobia or any other phobia and need help with coping and managing it then you may find a mental health specialist, psychologist or counsellor in the Medigest Business Directory who can help you.


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