Why People Believe In Conspiracy Theories

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People who believe in conspiracy theories convince themselves that a group is trying to plot a devious act, or has executed a devious act, mainly aiming towards influencing mass media and politics. But how do people come up with these theories and why are some conspiracy theories so believable? Psychology gives a deeper explanation of these theories and the reasons why people believe in them.
According to psychologists, people who believe in conspiracies feel like they don’t have a control in certain situations like in natural disasters, well-known deaths, or terrorist attacks. When these certain situations happen, conspiracies is a way of coping with any bad events. In Time’s web article on why people believe in conspiracy theories, they indicate that if a person isn’t in control of a certain situation, they want to understand what happened and come to a conclusion. Jan-Willem van Prooijen, an associate professor in social and organizational psychology at VU University Amsterdam, says,” The sense-making leads them to connect the dots that aren’t necessarily connected in reality ()”. On the contrary, if people have a sense of control, they are less likely to believe in conspiracy theories. Van Prooijen made a study about this statement. They made one group write down times they felt not in
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In 2015, he was moved from a high-security prison to a low secure place. In the web article I shot JFK, James claimed that the “CIA men felt betrayed over the Bay of Pigs fiasco and feared Kennedy was going to shut the agency down because it was out of control ()”. The reason why John F. Kennedy’s head exploded was because James put mercury on the tip of one single bullet which exploded when the bullet made contact. Even though he confessed to the murder, it does not give actual evidence to prove that he killed John F.

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