Why People Fall for the ‘Big Lie’
Psychologists are piecing together the personality profiles that are most prone to falling for "Big Lie" theories https://t.co/SeWrvGKXHX
— NYT Health (@NYTHealth) September 30, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: Why would someone believe that coronavirus was designed and released to destroy the human race? Why would someone believe that the CDC is trying to politically ruin Trump? These beliefs would fall under the auspices of conspiracy theory. The belief in conspiracy theories offers a sense of control for those who feel threatened by their environment. What better time, now during the COVID-19 pandemic, to try to gain control as the numbers of cases and deaths from coronavirus mount daily.
Laying the blame on political parties has led to compromising agencies such as the CDC which has led hundreds of thousands or more to ignore public health advice, even to their own demise. False beliefs abound about how the coronavirus entered our lives, how to cure it, how to prevent contracting it and ramp up as the numbers of cases and deaths soar. Fear of getting sick, fear of dying…fear in general does not make for accurate interpretations of facts. ‘Vitamin C cures COVID-19’, or ‘COVID-19 is just a hoax’ thoughts need to go away as they are not reality based and cannot help, even the least bit….Carol