The unbelievable psychology of conspiracy theories

I’m a conspiracy theory, the darkness surrounding me, the devil worshiping #bigbrotheriswatchingyou mafia hunts, will hunt me down and kill me eventually. Random violence for training and initiation purposes 😦

NORIO HAYAKAWA

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“There are people who believe the world or their country is run by by a secret society, John F. Kennedy‘s assassination was a bigger conspiracy, the moon landings were faked, Princess Diana was murdered, 9/11 was not an Al Qaeda plot, UFOs exist and global warming is a myth.

Conspiracy theories can be found anywhere.  And we may not have to go far.

Many of us may suspect them in our own life and work, when we have an unsuccessful relationship or opportunities or promotions at work bypass us.  We do enjoy them as a form of leisure – remember Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”?

But what actually is a conspiracy theory, why do people believe in them, and does the internet era of instant communication and boundless information play any role?

These, and many other related questions are what academic psychologist and writer Rob Brotherton, who…

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