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Superstitions Boost Confidence, Performance

In self esteem on 22. July 2010 at 03:35

July 16, 2010 — Don’t throw out that lucky rabbit’s foot or trash your lucky socks. A study shows that believing in a superstition can actually improve your performance on a task by boosting your self-confidence.

It’s a commonly held notion that superstitions are irrational and not logically connected to the outcomes of a situation. But researchers from the University of Cologne in Germany say there are measurable performance benefits to superstitions, such as crossing your fingers or telling someone to “break a leg” for good luck.

via Superstitions Boost Confidence, Performance.

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