While on Linkedin.com, I stumbled across an excellent article from Nortwestern.edu, about the psychology behind conspiracy theories.
I’ll be posting a link to that article at the end of this post.
But first, I couldn’t help but think about the reasons that people create the conspiracy theories in the first place.
For instance, I’m sure by now you’ve heard the term, “October surprise,” which is loosely defined as a conspiracy theory touting that specific events were created by masterminds to influence an election in the United States.
Obviously, only insane people would torture the whole world in an effort to influence one national election. Besides, there’s no guarantee that the election results would favor the conspirators.
Aside from that risk, there is also no guarantee that their loved ones would not become victims.
So that’s one reason that conspiracy theories get started. Political motivation.
There are also conspiracy theories involving Bill Gates. It makes absolutely no sense (and yes I’ve read the articles and watched the videos). Some claim he will make billions of dollars off of a new vaccine which he is actually funding to the tune of billions of dollars, so that’s a moot point. Plus, there’s absolutely no actual evidence to back up this ridiculous conspiracy theory. If he truly wanted to control the population, then why has he saved so many lives by making vaccines available globally? It’s time for some critical thinking skills.
Another reason that conspiracy theories get started is because people want to have something, someone, or a group of people, to blame for whatever development has altered their normal routine.
The last reason that I would like to mention regarding conspiracy theories is that too many people are living in fear. This is absolutely no way to live and enjoy life. You cannot live in fear of everyone, assuming that they’re all out to get you, and not suffer the physical and emotional consequences of allowing fear to inhabit your very being.
Having said that, I must now explain that it is okay to live cautiously. For instance, when you’re told to stay at home so you do not spread the coronavirus, then you should heed that warning, and stay at home so everyone can be safe.
That is not living in fear. That’s being a team player who cares about everyone. It’s a healthy state of mind.
Quite frankly, I find conspiracy theories regarding the coronavirus to be exhausting.
Here’s the link to the article dealing with the psychology of people who believe conspiracy theories. I found it quite interesting.