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Is Friday the 13th really a date with fate? Some say attitudes determine luck

By Glenn Evans
Jan. 12, 2012 at 11 p.m.


Your luck runs out today - if you think it will.

If you don't, then Friday the 13th is just Jan. 13, 2012, and

your chances for good or bad fortune are pretty much up to you.

Your luck runs out today - if you think it will.

If you don't, then Friday the 13th is just Jan. 13, 2012, and your chances for good or bad fortune are pretty much up to you.

"A lot of us go through Friday the 13th and nothing bad happens, but there are some people that stay on their guard - they won't try risky behavior," Dr. Shahrokh Safarimaryaki of East Texas Psychiatry Associates said on Thursday the 12th.

The psychiatrist with the 13-letter last name said one's attitude, and the brain chemicals that a positive outlook creates, has more to do with one's fortunes than numerology.

It was a diagnosis others share, though not all.

"A positive attitude always helps," Victoria Wilt said Thursday outside the Gregg County Courthouse. "But there are certain things that happen on Friday the 13th. It will either be a very good day or a very bad day. The full moon's the same way."

Rhonda Bradley also questioned the positive attitude theory.

"There's no certain thing you can do to bring good luck or bad luck," she said. "It just happens. You can have a positive attitude on that day, and sometimes things still go bad - just because."

People learn to fear Friday the 13th from their parents or from their culture, Safarimaryaki said.

In Carli Lee's case, it doesn't seem to skip a generation, though.

"My grandmother won't leave the house on Friday the 13th," Lee said, adding: "I don't think I'm very superstitious."

Her friend, Deborah Davis, lined up with the doctor.

"It's all about the positive attitude," she said. "You make your own luck."

Amen that, Carla Peppers said outside the downtown Longview post office.

"I think if you have a bad attitude, something bad is going to happen to you," she said. "I think we make our own luck."

Regardless of its origin in any person's belief system, wariness of today's date does manifest itself as a fear factor in the brain, Safarimaryaki said.

"As far as the chemicals in our brain, if you think today is going to be a good day - if you have a positive belief system, you're going to make it a positive day," the doctor said. "Because, your way of thinking affects how you feel."

The phenomenon can occur when you look in the mirror each morning, he said. If you think you look overweight, bad day ahead; if you honestly think the world won't mind looking at you today, it probably won't.

"It depends on your thought process," Safarimaryaki said. "How you think is how you feel."

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