Mal de Ojo (AKA Evil Eye) is a wide spread culture bound syndrome where the victim suffers a curse, injury, or bad luck as the direct result of someone who envies or dislikes them giving an ill-wishing look.
Some evil eyes represent ill-intended use of the “magical eye.” Other evil eyes are unintended when a person is simply envious of another and the jealous stare leads to bad luck.
Some believe Socrates had the evil eye because of his glaring eyes.
Talismans–called Nazars–in the shape of discs made of concentric rings of various shades of blue can ward off the evil eye.
Why do I bring this up during Mental Health Monday?
Partly because it’s interesting and partly because what one thinks is a fanciful belief, another may take as true and literal.
Just goes to show you how varied “normal” can be, right?
What about you? What kind of superstitions do you have?