Cause-and-effect thinking is critical to human survival, Legare said. So it’s natural for people to find logic in supernatural rituals that emphasize repetition and procedural steps. If doing something once has some effect, then repeating it must have a greater effect. For example, if a mechanic says he inspected something five times, the frequency of his actions leads the customer to overestimate the effectiveness of his work. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a ritual for your character to use and then write a scene about it. Focus on the internal monologue.

Journaling Prompt: What rituals do you use?

Art Prompt: Supernatural Ritual

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the psychology of ritual. Include stories about the rituals used by famous people.

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