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Writer's Block: Do you feel lucky?

Are you superstitious? Do you have any customs or special rituals that you perform for good luck?

I don't generally think of myself as being particularly superstitious.  I'm a scientist.  I like empirical evidence and reproducible results.  But I'm nothing if not a bundle of contradictions, an oxymoron if you will. 

Some of the "superstitions" I observe are thoughtless habit more that anything, like throwing salt over my shoulder.  My grandmother always did that, so I do it too.  Others stem from some OCD tendency, like knocking on wood.  Don't want to jinx myself!  Some are a bit more elaborate.  When I'm on call, in order to ensure that I have a good call night, I have to wear the same earrings and the same necklace - and I can't take them off.  I have to leave my badge and stethoscope in the car.  I can't put my pager in the bowl by the door like I usually do when I come home; it has to stay with my phone.  I have to leave all my clothes at the foot of the bed.  And I can't brush my teeth before bed.  Ridiculous!

I find that many of the physicians I know are superstitious, particularly when it comes to call.  There's alot of wood knocking that goes on around the clinic and the hospital.  One of my colleagues has a lucky lip gloss that she has to apply 1 hr prior to call and at specific intervals thereafter.  Others have to wear certain scrubs or leave their white coat on all night. 

It's an oddity that a group of such scientific-minded, well-educated individuals by and large is so superstitious.  You might even call it a paradox.


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Aug. 19th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
I don't generally think of myself as being particularly superstitious.

Excuse me???? I think you need to amend that sentence!!! :O)
Aug. 20th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Just goes to show how faulty my perception of myself is... and just how terribly silly I am :-D
Aug. 20th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, well...we're all the same!!
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