• I have all these stupid superstitious beliefs. One is that my contacts must be in a certain order. If they are not in this order I worried that they'll be bad luck. It might have to do with me connecting this small part of my life with a negative time period in my life that is the fall of 2018 and winter of 2018 and early 2019. Many of these negativities was caused by my own actions. And even though I know this I still I'm paranoid. How do I combat this? I am sorry for this ridiculous stupid question.

  • @Vicious-Retard
    Let's get crazy, I dare you to put them in alphabetical order :smiling_imp:

    You know that everything is not what it seems
    Break through the walls and use the power of your dreams
    Once in a lifetime take a chance at the right time
    Rise up for the time of your life
    Now the time has come for you to be free

  • Sounds like ocd

  • @Vicious-Retard It's not a ridiculous question at all, and kudos to you for putting yourself out there.

    I suggest practice. Start by breaking your habits with small manageable steps at first, stepping out of your comfort zone. Push yourself, find the bravery. You don't need to do anything drastic, just little testers, see how they go for you. Try to train your brain to recognise that such changes are okay and then when you are ready - however long it takes - you can try changing bigger things.

  • Try stroking a black cat sitting beneath a ladder while whispering Macbeth to it for a few days. That ought to do it!

  • When you catch yourself doing something superstitious, that self felt karma such as receiving bad luck for breaking a mirror or thinking food made you sick because you missed a stop sign a week ago, take a moment to ask yourself how one could possibly be connected to the other.

    Don't be self-embarrassed to realize how foolish or silly it is. Address the "why" logically. Then decide if you want to change whatever specific habbit it is for the sole sake of not doing it.

    You may choose to not change a habbit. Not because of superstition, but because you like it that way. Such as not having to learn a whole new contacts list order.

    Recognize the difference between superstition and the OCD another poster mentioned.

    Superstition: I should do it this way or bad things might happen.

    OCD: I should do it this way each and every time over and over because It drives me nuts if it's different. (OCD effects more than just one task. It instead blankets most of your actions)

  • Things like that can have physical reasons in the brain. You might want to exclude this possibility...

  • @Vicious-Retard Best way to stop being superstitious? Count to three, click your heels, knock wood, then throw salt over your shoulder

  • @Vicious-Retard Seriously though, maybe you have a slight case of OCD. I've known several people who almost mirror the way you feel, and that's what they had.