Why Do People Believe Conspiracy Theories

People believe conspiracy theories come from unhealthy people who want to make things up in order to fit their paranoid theories. An example of conspiracy theory gone wrong is how President Obama had a birth certificate but some people didn’t believe he was born in Hawaii. The “death panel” explanation happened because some people felt that people were working in secret to reaching a diabolical objective about deciding who lives or dies. He was also accused of wanting to destroy religious liberty by forcing companies that are Christian in nature to give out birth control against their will.

People believe wild conspiracy theories to put some of this stuff into context, as some theories are random and do not make sense. Belief in conspiracies cut across age, gender, race, income, political thinking, education, and work status. One evil person is labeled evil when we dabble in conspiracy theorist type of thinking. The Internet has made it possible for normal people to become amateur investigators to a point. Staying up late makes studying conspiracies a waste of time. Making your own contribution to the nonsense is an incredible waste of time. Factual evidence refutes many theories.

This can also lead to psychological ruin. Theories are embraced by those on both the left and the right, but group identity means that some people are more likely to believe that HIV is a man-made virus depending on what ethnic group they belong to. One in five Americans who have postgraduate degrees shows a predisposition to conspiracy belief systems. Conspiracy theories are cobbled together from four main characteristics. 1) a group 2) a group that acts in secret, 3) to alter institutions, take power, or hide the truth, while gaining something useful for them and only for them 4) at the expense of the common good. There are 8 types of theories named after the originators of said theories, Left, Right, Communist, Capitalist, Government, Media, Foreign and Other (such as Freemasons). Conspiracy theory is a gigantic waste of time since some people do believe that the United States never went to the moon.

There are three categories of conspiracy theory and why it fulfills particular needs. The needs are, a desire for understanding and certainty in the world, the desire for control and security, a desire to maintain a positive self-image. Humans ask why things happen the way they happen. We humans also need answers to those questions, because we are born asking questions all the time, starting from childhood. Our parents do not have the time to answer our questions often enough.

Conspiracy theory makes people who have them feel safe. As unsafe as they get thinking about something outright that makes them outright paranoid. People who feel socially left out also feel a need to dabble in conspiracy theory, as they feel socially incompetent, in particular, if they do not work. Low self-esteem causes a person to feel unwell while trying to understand the world around them through the eyes of low self-esteem. College students have exposure to conspiracy theory but feel insecure as a result of this exposure. They have a need to argue their points when they have a conspiracy theory and often become defensive. A conspiracy theorist feels secure in their beliefs because they cannot change their minds easily even with the evidence presented to them in front of their face such as in a conspiracy podcast. Some people will stubbornly hang on to their theories because they want to. It makes them feel safe in a very uncertain world where the climate can change at a moments’ notice.