Lucky Girl Syndrome

February 2, 2023

Just try to be as delusional as possible and believe that the things you want can come to you. And then come back and tell me if it didn’t change your life.

Laura Galebe, a 22-year-old who has been attributed to the rise in popularity of “Lucky Girl Syndrome” on TikTok.

Lucky Girl Syndrome: It boils down to having a positive mind-set and believing good things will come to you in order to achieve your goals. The practice has become a recent phenomenon on TikTok; videos hashtagged with “luckygirlsyndrome” have collectively received more than 340 million views. Many have credited the manifestation practice for the good things happening in their life.

The Psychology Behind It: One psychologist, Dr. Carolyne Keenan, explained that the concept is tied to confirmation bias, which is the human tendency to process new information that confirms pre-existing beliefs and/or theories – which in Lucky Girl Syndrome means highlighting the good things that happen while overlooking the bad.

Pushback Received: Dr. Keenan and other psychologists have raised concerns about Lucky Girl Syndrome. She said, “There are going to be, unfortunately, some situations in life that we are not able to manifest and think our way out of. I would be concerned about people being in situations where maybe that’s not going to be an effective strategy.”

What do you think about “Lucky Girl Syndrome” – worth a shot or not?

What is lucky girl syndrome? The new TikTok manifestation trend explained (The Independent)

‘Be delusional,’ ‘Lucky Girl Syndrome’ is Gen Z’s answer to optimism (The Washington Post)

by Jenna Lee,