Conspiracy thinking is damaging

Having spent far too much time over the past 1½ year arguing with a trio of conspiracy thinkers I have found that it has been a waste of time and effort.

I’ve tried different approaches and so have my friends but to no avail.

The funny thing is that it is pretty well established in psychology that people believe in conspiracy theories to address feelings of anxiety.

Unfortunately these beliefs only amplify the negative experience of anxiety, uncertainty aversion, and existential threat. This creates a self-reinforcing cycle: “Can Conspiracy Beliefs Be Beneficial? Longitudinal Linkages Between Conspiracy Beliefs, Anxiety, Uncertainty Aversion, and Existential Threat











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