What does Murphy’s Law mean? A brief explanation of Murphy’s Law.


Murphy’s Law is a psychological effect. This law originated in 1949 by Edward Murphy, an Air Force captain engineer. At that time he was doing a rocket deceleration overweight test. He had a colleague who had never had much luck, and during the experiment he jokingly said, If something is likely to go wrong, let that colleague do it and it will go wrong. Edward Murphy said this sentence when he did not have malicious intent, and no deeper meaning. He was just saying that bad luck brings people to the helpless.

Initially intended to be used as a joke, the phrase was preached and eventually interpreted into a series of Murphy’s Law statements. The original Murphy’s Law is as follows.

If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it.

Simply put, if there is a possibility of something going bad, no matter how small that possibility is, it will always happen.

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For example, you have money in your pocket and you’re ready to go to the bank, but you’re worried that you’ll be robbed. It turns out that you are then targeted by the robber. This may be because you were nervous and kept touching your pocket, which attracted the attention of the robber.

Because you are afraid of it happening, you will be very concerned about it, and the more you focus on it, the more likely you are to make a mistake.

Another example is when you are standing in line at the supermarket ready to pay, you feel that there is a line of payment much faster than your line, so you go to that line. But then you find that the speed of your original line is faster than the line you are waiting in.

This is because we always pay too much attention to how others are outpacing us, rather than our own advancement.

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After understanding Murphy’s Law, we can approach it with two very different attitudes.

One is a negative attitude – since mistakes are inevitable and bad luck is bound to happen sooner or later, let it happen!

The other is a positive attitude – although mistakes are inevitable, bad luck will happen sooner or later, then we can not have the slightest relaxation of thought, do not have a lucky break. We should make proper preparations in advance before we fear the accident, so that the accident we fear will delay its arrival or not come.

So, let us adjust our mindset, with a positive attitude to face the possible setbacks in life, enjoy the journey of life a landscape!

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