Does Dramatica explain the difference between Western and Eastern lucky numbers?
(I’m not sure if anyone’s mentioned this before, but it’s been on my mind since I discovered Dramatica. Did I hear it on Jim’s podcast or one of Melanie’s videos?)
In Western culture, 7 is lucky, while 3 is often considered unlucky (bad things come in threes) or at least important.
In Eastern culture (Chinese culture, at least), 8 is lucky, while 4 is considered unlucky.
If you look at a quad holistically (Eastern view), you see all four elements. But from the linear/male perspective (Western view), because you’re standing on one of the elements, you only see three.
So both see something lucky about two quads (8) and unlucky or at least important about one quad (4), but in Western view you subtract the element that you’re standing on. Thus 7 and 3.
There might also be something to unlucky 13 (three quads plus one element), but that’s more of a stretch.
Of course there are a lot of other lucky numbers around the world. Some cultures might include both linear and holistic lucky numbers, or use other reasons than psychology/storymind (e.g. lingual - a number that sounds like “death” might be considered unlucky). 3, 7 & 4, 8 are the ones I’ve heard the most though.