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Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?

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Theories with no facts :conspiracy theories.

Theories with no facts :conspiracy theories.

  • A conspiracy theory can be defined as the belief that there are groups that meet in secret to plan and carry out malevolent goals.
  • Conspiracy theories are not a new phenomenon, but they seem to have risen to the forefront of consciousness in recent years.
  • it might seem like these beliefs are rare or even pathological, research has shown that they are surprisingly common.

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Reason behind these beliefs.

Reason behind these beliefs.

  • Researchers suggest that there are a number of different reasons why people believe in conspiracy theories.
  • Key reasons:A need for understanding and consistency (epistemic)6
  • A need for control (existential)
  • A need to belong or feel special (social).
  • Having lower analytical abilities and less tolerance for uncertainty also play a role.

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Effects of conspiracy theories in our lives.

Effects of conspiracy theories in our lives.

  • One study found that people who feel psychologically and sociopolitically disempowered are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories.8
  • Another study found that people are also more likely to believe in conspiracies when they are experiencing anxiety.
  • In fact, by believing in these theories, people may actually be less likely to engage in actions that would potentially boost their sense of control (such as voting or participating in political activity).

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