I've always had feelings like these before. I've seen sad movies when I was younger, but the thing that got me the most was the kid (who lost their parents) said, "The last thing I ever said to them was I hate you! " Ever since, I would ALWAYS say "I love you" to my parents when they would leave my sight. Whether we went to our work/school or even if I would go upstairs to play games, I would say "I love you." One day, I didn't say it. My dad was leaving to work and I didn't get a chance to say it. I was worried that THIS was the moment where he dies.

With that little backstory, I hope it conveys the feeling I'm trying to describe. I always say "I love you" just in case they would die, the last thing they heard was those words. I have a feeling that once I stop saying it, they will die.

Is there a single word to describe this feeling? This phenomenon?

Another way to look at it in a less morbid setting: You're looking for your headphones. You can't find them. You stop looking. They show up.

Or another example: I have my hand on the tooth under my pillow. I wait for the Tooth Fairy. I stay awake, and she doesn't come. Once I fall asleep, she arrives.

The minute you STOP doing something, that's when the [something] gets answered. Make sense? Is there a word for this?

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    Sorry, we don't do word requests here. Try the English Language & Usage site. – curiousdannii Mar 23 '20 at 2:42
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    Ah sorry, will repost over there. (TBF tho, the "Related" questions have lots of Word requests, so...?) – Andy M. Mar 23 '20 at 2:43
  • The concept of your question has some pretty neat linguistic implications, if you're interested in exploring. Alan Hayakawa's Language in Thought and Action (surely at your local library) has a fascinating chapter on the history of the perceived connectivity between words and people, things, and events. That's on the level of knowledge, of course; neuroscience would have its own assessment. – TheLoneDeranger Mar 23 '20 at 18:28

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