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Bad Beats and Murphy’s Law

Nonsense!

by Alan Schoonmaker |  Published: Nov 27, 2009

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The same psychological drives that cause people to tell bad-beat stories also make them believe in Murphy’s Law and take many self-defeating actions. Murphy’s Law is: “If something can go wrong, it will go wrong.” It’s nonsense. If it were valid, nothing would ever get done. Many things get done just about perfectly, and countless more go off reasonably well. So, why do so many people believe such an obviously invalid law? For the same reason they believe they get more than their share of bad beats: They believe they deserve much better luck than they really get. They essentially whine, “Why do so many bad things happen to me?” You may say to them, “But you’re not unlucky. You’re healthy, and you have a good job and a great family.” They don’t want to hear that everyone’s luck is a mixture of good and bad. They resent not getting ...


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