The ancient Romans believed that human life renewed itself in 7-year cycles (mirroring the cycles of the moon). A reflection was believed to be someones soul. If that reflection got shattered then so did the next seven years of someones life. That would mean that for the next seven years that person would have constant bad luck. It is also believed that infants could trap them and stunt their growth. Plus, they could take their innocent souls. Once you break a mirror it can be a tough process to counteract the negative effects. In addition, it is believed that a mirror has the power to confiscate part of the user's soul. If the user's reflected image became distorted in any way, this could mean a corruption of his or her soul. SO if the mirror was then broken the users soul would be trapped. After breaking a mirror, since the pieces of the mirror can still reflect the corrupted soul, the entire mirror should be ground into dust. Afterwards, you have to bury the pieces of the mirror under a tree during a full moon.
The popular media and self-help industry is rife with extraordinary claims. Alien experimentation, psychic detectives, mediums, ESP, extreme therapies and miracle products are all examples of how pseudoscience and the paranormal have become prevalent, popular and even an extremely lucrative enterprise. The majority of these examples defy the basic laws of science, logic and common sense yet they appeal to a large number of people. Here we will use science, specifically a psychological perspective to explore these popular theories and claims, and learn to think critically in order to be able to constructively evaluate them.