Why do people believe in luck

    Why do people believe in luck

  • 1 To provide explanations

    So many people get very troubled when they do their best but get no results. The concept of luck helps these people find a logical explanation to the setbacks they have faced in their lives.

  • 2 To escape guilt

    Some people use luck to escape guilt. Instead of working hard and doing the right thing, they just claim that their luck is bad and that there is nothing they can do about it (See How to get rid of guilt).

  • 3 To stop the pain of comparisons

    Humans always compare themselves to others and this can sometimes cause a lot of pain. The concept of luck helps a lot in easing the pain that comes from those comparisons.

  • 4 Because the mind hates uncertainty

    The human mind doesn't like uncertainty. People feel uncomfortable when they don't understand what's going on. Luck can provide an explanation to many of the mysterious things that happen in life and so reduce uncertainty and confusion.

  • 5 Devaluing someone's achievement

    Sometimes luck is used as a method of devaluing someone's achievements. If a person got jealous from another, he can quickly devalue everything he did in life by claiming that he was just lucky.

  • 6 To blame something

    After someone fails he usually feels bad. By finding something to blame, such as luck, a person can feel good about himself and assume that nothing is wrong with him.

  • 7 They learned that

    So many people believe in luck. A person can simply believe in luck as a result of being raised around others who do (See also what are mirror neurons).

  • 8 Psychological stability

    Sometimes it's hard to be psychologically stable without believing in luck. If a person failed while his friends succeeded then he can either think that he is worthless or believe in luck to maintain his psychological stability.

  • 9 External locus of control

    Some people always claim that everything that happens to them is beyond their control. Those people have 'External locus of control' or the tendency to blame other things for the results they get.

  • 10 They saw lucky examples

    Sometimes success happens when the right person meets the right opportunity. There are so many cases when this happened by mere coincidence. Such coincidences support the theory of luck.