「お守り」をもつことの機能 : 贈与者と被贈与者の関係に注目して [in Japanese] The function of having a "lucky charm" : The relationships between donor and recipient [in Japanese]
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We investigated why people own lucky charms. One hundred ninety-eight students answered our questionnaire. The results showed that ownership of lucky charms is not entirely related to the desire to connect to a transcendental power; people have lucky charms because they have received them as gifts from family and friends; family and friends give lucky charms when they cannot provide other forms of support directly; the gift of a charm is usually from an older person to a younger person; the relationship between the donor and the recipient affects the type of charm given. These results suggest that donors may give lucky charms to allay their anxiety, and that lucky charms act as a reminder of the donor's support of the recipient in times of trouble.
- Japanese Journal of Social Psychology
Japanese Journal of Social Psychology 22(1), 85-97, 2006
The Japanese Society of Social Psychology