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Some I must be honest with you are quite ridiculous you just laugh. One superstition in my family that I do still till this very day is my grandmother would see me always with my purse on the floor. She told me people who always have their purse on the floor will never get money. I thought this was ridiculous but for some reason I still followed her superstition. And till this day, I never have it on the floor. It’s like a reflex. The fear my grandmother put upon me about not attracting money stayed in my brain. Superstition is defined as a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation. An irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition. A notion maintained despite evidence. Now that the concept of superstition is outlined basically, it can now be determined how operant conditioning can be applied to this occurrence. Because superstitions deal with ‘the belief or practice’ due to ignorance, fear or something that is not known; or even an error in an initial perception which then bears off to a notion of something conceptualized by the person that tends to head off into the extreme; a stimulus is then born into becoming the conditioned stimulus.(What Is Operant Conditioning and How Does It Work, 2021). This then leads to a conditioned response in reaction to the first few times this same initial stimulus is made known to this person. Depending on the character and personality of this individual, this conditioned stimulus garners a response after being reinforced continually until it becomes the belief or practice necessary for it to be a superstition. It makes sense for me now why I follow the superstition naturally.