Studies show that the majority of people believe in at least one conspiracy theory. They’re becoming increasingly pervasive in our everyday lives, with it not being uncommon to hear conspiracy theories coming from commanders-in-chief. Why would someone believe something that others perceive as crazy?
People believe in conspiracies because of fatal attribution error - a psychological instinct.Explore
Conspiracy believers commit a cognitive error based on 'degenerating research programs'
Conspiracy theorists hang onto theories despite the indicators you would expect to see if it were true not being there.Explore
Social factors make people believe in conspiracy theories
We don’t believe in conspiracy theories in a vacuum; rather, there are social factors to belief.
Peer pressure makes people believe in conspiracy theories
Conspiracy theorists are often part of communities which socially reward them for believing.Explore
Group mentality makes people believe in conspiracy theories
The belief of conspiracy theories is part of a sort of groupthink.Explore
People believe in conspiracy theories because of distrust of the mainstream
Those who distrust the mainstream in some sense are far more likely to believe in conspiracy theories.
People believe in conspiracy theories because they distrust the media
Distrust of the ‘mainstream media’ is increasingly common, and has led to the spreading of conspiracy theories.Explore
People believe in conspiracy theories because they distrust the government
Governmental distrust is on the rise, meaning that people are more likely to subscribe to beliefs that characterise it as an evil entity.Explore
People believe in conspiracy theories because they are conspiracists
Many of those who believe in conspiracy theories have a worldview that is singularly geared towards supporting them.Explore
People believe in conspiracy theories for psychological reasons
A large body of scientific evidence suggest conspiracy believers are often psychologically unbalanced.
There are Epistemic motives for believing in conspiracy theories
There is evidence that conspiracy theories appear to appeal to individuals who seek accuracy and/or meaning, but perhaps lack the cognitive tools or experience problems that prevent them from being able to find accuracy and meaning via other more rational means.Explore
There are Existential motives for believing in conspiracy theories
People turn to Conspiracy Theories when they're anxious and feel powerless. Research suggests conspiracy belief is strongly related to lack of sociopolitical control or lack of psychological empowerment.Explore
There is a 'Conspiracy Mentality' that predisposes people to believe in conspiracy theories
Some scholars believe that there may be such a thing as a tendency toward “conspiracy thinking,” or a general “conspiracy mindset”Explore
There are Social motives for believing in conspiracy theories
Conspiracy Theories can serve as a social / psychological bond for groups that feel threatened or disadvantaged.Explore
Conspiracy Believers often demonstrate psychological problems
Research has found believers suffer from paranoia, narcissism, and projection fantasiesExplore
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