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Okay, okay, I know I have a tendency to the dramatic. I am probably not cursed…probably. But you know what? I have been having an astonishingly awful week.

So awful in fact I felt the need to start a list, but instead of sharing said list I’d like to define “awful”.

My week has been the kind if week that can be summarised by the following scenario: picture yourself walking home in the pouring rain with all of your groceries in a paper bag. It’s been a long day and your feet are sore. You’ve got about 800 metres to go when the bottom of the bag collapses and everything scatters over the street.

My week has been that kind of awful.

So, I might or might not be cursed.

And yes, last time I checked I didn’t have the Hope diamond around my neck. But it did get me thinking.

So here’s my daily introspection: does belief in the curse, or having identified oneself as being cursed, in fact create pseudo-psychological circumstances where a string of random occurrences are connected back to the curse, purely because you’re looking for a connection?

It’s “the Number 23” all over again!

Okay. But that kind of psychology has been proven to work, so pack the scepticism away there. The Placebo effect: believing something (that in scientific fact has not medicinal value) will make you better, does actually help.

So…did you know that there’s actually a thing called the Nocebo Effect: believing something will harm you, actually can harm you.

Aside from the startling implications of the Placebo and Nocebo effects, it does make you wonder doesn’t it? Despite the fact the Nocebo effect is harder to test (morally, it’s wrong to convince your test subjects they will be harmed and then watch them self-destruct), the logic is in its favour.

If we can convince ourselves if good and achieve wellness, why on earth wouldn’t we be able to do the flip side by convincing ourselves curses exist and them descending straight into harm’s way, without ever making a conscious decision to do either one?

Definitely lends credence to the idea that you are responsible for doing your own critical thinking, rather than allowing yourself to be convinced you’re cursed.

And maybe you are cursed because you think you are. Makes sense.

Good luck? Bad luck?

Maybe there’s no such thing?