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Murphy’s Law: An Emotive Subject for Human Behaviour

Feeling dejected! Growing more and more despondent? 

Is something making you feel wretched and you are unable to overcome such feelings? Any hassle in life? Did you just miss your deadlines? Did you get a rejection mail? 

Every happening similar to this, evokes the murphy law moments in our life! 


The negative happenings and human behavior, both form the basic components for describing Murphy’s law.


In this article, we will explore Murphy’s law, its relationship with our behavior, practical implications and applications, and learn the concepts of Yhprum’s law. Also, we will discover the significance of self preservation, being positive and calculating risk without being afraid.

What is Murphy's law?

Murphy law states that if you assume it to be wrong, in reality it will become wrong. Also, if it seems to not happen to be wrong, still it will result in a wrong happening. The basic explanation of this law creates people to view it with a pessimistic perspective, but this assumption is not correct as this law teaches us multiple deep lessons related to our human behavior and concept of optimism in life.

For instance, you fail at getting a contract signed for your company despite it being highly anticipated, hence you face a moment which clearly describes the murphy law.

But this incident makes you learn the importance of keeping other backup plans and developing stronger strategies to deal with any upcoming similar situations, hence it reflects the positive side of this law.

Moral: Remember! 99% is the maximum efficiency an individual/ system can have. The remaining 1% keep it to unwanted circumstances to build more robust strategies to deal with the situation more positively and assertively.

How is Murphy’s law related to Human Behaviour?

How is Murphy’s law related to Human Behaviour?

Humans tend to take stress, think negatively, repeat cycles of overthinking, and face mood swings. 

All such reasons lead to the concept of if anything can go wrong, it will become true and break the barriers of just assuming this to be true. And here, how it works!

Let’s dig deeper!

1. Stress

We all face stress in our everyday lives due to various reasons  such as daily hassle, burden of work, exam tension, family conflicts or any other situation taking away our mental peace. 

When you are under stress, you tend to think a lot about the negative possibilities and also prepare for the worst. 

For example, a student might not study one week before his test but just one day prior to his test, the student would prepare under the situation of stress; otherwise would assume to fail without even trying.

2. Negative thinking

Most of us tend to think negatively when wondering about any highly anticipated occasion or happening. This tendency is common to all of us and is quite recurrent. 

It traps us into a Murphy’s moment and clearly relates to the concept that if anything can’t go wrong, it will go wrong anyway because our thinking is also responsible for attracting positive and negative energies in our life, hence the repetitive negative thoughts lead to spoiling the good things that happen to us in life.

3. Mood swings

As humans, we face several mood swings. 

When we feel dejected, our world seems to fall in front of our eyes and we think that everything is always going wrong and that is the point when Murphy’s law sets in. 

For example, when you wake up in the morning with a low spirit and lack enthusiasm to happily spend your day, you tend to think negatively and things start to turn into a murphy’s moment! 

You spill your cup of tea, lose your wallet or forget your umbrella on a rainy day.

4. Higher Inclination towards negativity

Human beings think more negatively than being positive about any situation and come up with questions of what if this happens, what if this goes wrong, what if i fail, what if i lose, etc reflecting the higher inclination towards negativity rather than positivity.

Think positive!

What are the practical implications of Murphy’s law?

1. Expect the unexpected

Always keep in mind and accept the fact that things may not always go as planned, hence be prepared for the possibility of failures, setbacks or any obstacles that might occur along your way.

2. Self preservation

Self preservation is an essential instinct that protects oneself from any difficult or dangerous situation and involves taking actions for self protection. 

Considering Murphy’s law, one would anticipate and prepare unforeseen circumstances and stay mindful of all potential risks. 

For example, for your exam day, you carry essential stationary that includes pen, pencil, eraser and a sharpener and thoroughly check your pouch to avoid any unfair practice of cheating materials. Considering Murphy’s law, you tend to think that those pens might not work or you would get caught with any unfair materials during the examination. 

Hence, such thoughts would make you recheck your pouch and you would also carry extra stationary as a backup.

3. Remain calm and flexible

Challenges might occur at any moment in one’s life. Staying calm helps to handle such situations with patience and motivation to rise above all problems. Whereas, the skill to be flexible helps an individual to adapt to new circumstances and curate solutions related to new situations.

4. Keep a backup plan

To save oneself from all odds, it is crucial to prepare beforehand by devising a second plan, known to be your secure backup. For example, before going on a long journey through a drive, you see routes from two different roads to avoid any unforeseen circumstances during your journey.

5. Lessons to draw from past experiences

Always remember and reflect upon your past experiences to learn from them. 

For example, recall your mistakes when you went on your last business trip, and try to inculcate the best possible things for your current trip to avoid any unnecessary obstacles, like prior preparation of presentation, updation of softwares and careful evaluation of all your content.

6. Practice Yhprum’s Law

It is the opposite of Murphy’s Law. 

It works on the belief that everything that can work, will work. It helps to keep our thoughts running in a positive direction and keeps us away from entirely building our perspectives and opinions through negative thinking.

For example, due to the effect of Murphy’s law, an under confident student might not gather the courage to go on stage to give a speech but if his/her views are influenced by the application of Yhprum’s law, then would step up the stage with confidence in oneself.

So how good your life will be as a result of Murphy law!

Application of Murphy’s law

Application of Murphy’s law

1. Better Decision Making

Murphy’s moments in our life lead us to make better decisions as we tend to evaluate and analyze all possible risks and consequences. 

For example, before choosing the brand for purchasing any kitchen appliance, we tend to analyze and evaluate, both their pros and cons to reach our final decision.

2. Take Risks with no chances

The influence of Murphy’s law makes us consider all potential risks and assess the situation to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. 

3. Self introspect our daily life

Considering our daily lives, the application of Murphy’s law helps us to stay prepared, take mindful decisions and recall past mistakes 

4. Be more positive

Positivity helps us to handle difficult situations with courage, effectiveness, higher efficiency and seek alternative solutions while facing any sudden problems.

5. Take Calculated risk but don't get afraid of it

Due to the influence of Murphy’’s law, we tend to assess the potential risks but it is not meant to discourage yourself or decrease your own self-efficacy. Instead, it is meant for our own good in the form of prior preparation and making informed decisions, hence do not get afraid while calculating risks in life.

Final Thoughts

Optimism is the key to managing Murphy’s moments in our life! So, remember to live more positively and be more flexible in life!

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