Superstitious behavior has been found to emerge during situations of uncertainty and often used by those who desire control. Desperation, a negative emotion that motivates behavior, tends to also occur in uncontrollable environments. This study attempts to analyze the possible relationship between desperation and the use of superstitious behavior in circumstances that leave individuals with little to no control. This was achieved by simulating an uncertain environment through a computerized card game involving chance (i.e. War). Results from this study demonstrated that those who felt desperate due to uncertainty engaged in superstitious behaviors, and desperation was a greater predictor for use of superstitions than even a desire for control.
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superstition, desperation, superstitious beliefs, superstitious behaviors, control
Hannan, Christopher Evan, "Very Superstitious: The Relationship Between Desperation and Superstitious Behavior" (2019). Murray State Theses and Dissertations. 145.