The Significance of Auspicious or Adverse Dates to Personal Fortune

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A superstition is basically an idea that is widely believed but wrong. People believe in these peculiar things mainly because they want to and because they enjoy the feeling of comfort. It is consoling and offers “immediate gratification.” These ways of thinking fulfill the pursuit for significance. They satisfy our ethical needs and our desire that life be meaningful and notable. People believe that engaging in these uncanny behaviors, will give them new hopes and aspirations.

It is obvious that ignorance is one of the main reasons as to why people believe in following such ridiculous antics. They don’t know any better. If only they had a basic understanding about science (biology, chemistry, physics, memory, the body, and the brain, etc.), then they wouldn’t even consider these silly ideas put forth for their consideration. There are various methods that can be used to comprehend why people engage in superstitious behaviors.

In my opinion, the best and most logical way of approaching this topic is by using the survey method.

The survey method is when interviews or questionnaires are used to gather information about aptitudes, beliefs, experiences or behaviors of a group (e.g. why people believe in auspicious dates). There are many reasons as to why surveys are the best way to go about studying various kinds of behaviors. First of all distributing questionnaires is a quicker process and less costly than interviews. A survey does not become more accurate just because it based on many respondents. It can mainly be generalized only if it is representative ofThe Significance of…4the larger population. For example, if there is a questionnaire in a magazine, it does not necessarily represent the whole Canadian population. When it comes to interviews, a well-trained and experienced interviewer uses efficiently worded questions. Of course, the comfort level with...