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Definition Morbid fear of Friday the 13th 

Whilst superstitions about Friday the 13th date back to at least the time of Jesus Christ, who was betrayed by Judas, supposedly the 13th guest at the Last Supper, and crucified the next day, a Friday, we’re essentially clueless as to why Friday the thirteen evokes such angst in the popular literature.

Despite paraskavedekatriaphobia’s place as a staple on every list of phobias, here is little credible medical literature that suggests that Friday the 13th evokes the same pathophysiological responses as real phobias such as arachnophobia and agoraphobia. The term really should be retired…but probably won’t ever be…

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