This Is Why You Are Attracted to Conspiracy Theories

  • Doubling down — continuing to invest in a narrative we already have a lot of stake in
  • Post-hoc justification — finding reasons to make our already determined narrative of reality make sense
  • Emotional reasoning — just because we are in pain it does not mean someone has hurt us, yet we appear to fall into this trap with surprising frequency
  • Catastrophizing — assuming the worst possible outcome to an event or series of events
  • Overgeneralization — making sweeping assumptions about a situation or person based on limited data
  • Dichotomous thinking — all-or-nothing, black-and-white thinking which often reduces information into two extreme categories (he is the second coming of the messiah vs. he is the devil incarnate).
  • Mind reading — knowing someone’s true intent, despite what they may say or do; finding hidden meanings in their “cryptic” messages.
  • Labeling — applying sweeping assumptions about someone to fit them in a box
  • Negative filtering — focusing on the negative information only to fit a narrative
  • Discounting positive — ignoring positive information about someone or the situation to fit a narrative
  • Do you have knowledge of his internal motivations and thinking patterns? When Trump lowered flags to half-mast in honor of the dead, was he secretly signaling to white supremacists?
  • Do you hold contradictory beliefs about Trump both being an idiot whilst simultaneously playing 4D Chess with the American people? Does Trump have no filter and tweet his innermost thoughts at 3 a.m. on the toilet, or does he have some complex plan to dismantle democracy?
  • Do you find you ignore anything positive about Trump, and further look for sinister motivations behind these “good” actions, such as the Middle East peace deal?
  • Do you think that Trump is both a mastermind Fascist dictator, whilst at the same time the most ineffective President of all time and that others “secretly” run the Trump presidency?
  • Is the most likely reason a billionaire would suddenly decide to become president at 70 years old a long-term plan to become a dictator?
  • Does it make sense that Trump is a white supremacist with Jewish grandchildren and a pro-Israel stance?
  • Do you find yourself looking for hidden meanings and codes in Trump’s rhetoric such as the term “rat infestation” referring to people of colour?
  • Is your concern about Trump’s desire to become a fascist dictator tempered by the various checks and balances in place for the American republic to prevent tyranny, or is your fear of his inevitable rise to power dwarfing the complex, intentionally designed ineffectiveness of the American governmental system?
  • Do you feel there is overwhelming evidence that Trump is attempting to dismantle the constitution and democracy to bring about a fascist state?
  • Do you conflate “a**hole” and “narcissist” with “evil” and “danger to democracy? Are you well informed about narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder enough to have a democratically elected president removed from office under the 25th amendment as mentally unfit?

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