MONTREAL, Oct. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The paranormal has been both revered and feared, respected and mocked. However, its impact on history and humanity is undeniable – the witch trials are a testament to this. The number of people tried and executed for witchcraft in 14th to 18th century Europe ranges in the tens of thousands, although some historians feel this amount is vastly underestimated. However, even though fear of the paranormal has diminished, its allure has not, and this fascination with all things supernatural is particularly pronounced in women, according to a study conducted by PsychTests.com.

Analyzing data from 2,172 people who took the Paranormal Beliefs Test, researchers at PsychTests looked at gender differences in the perception of the paranormal. With the exception of a few beliefs, women were shown to be much more open-minded about the occult, mysticism, and magic. Here’s where men and women differed (the percentages shown indicate strong believers in the particular phenomenon):


  • 16% of women believe that the number 13 is bad luck, compared to 11% of men.
  • 14% of women vs. 8% of men believe that breaking a mirror is bad luck.
  • 17% of women vs. 8% of men throw salt over their shoulder if the knock over the salt shaker.
  • 16% of women vs. 7% of men refuse to open an umbrella indoors.
  • 13% of women vs. 7% of men would hate to cross paths with a black cat.
  • 35% of