Conspiracy Theories part 1: The Psychology of a Conspiracy TheoryDecember 21, 2020
Segullah Discussion Podcast, episode 9
The term “conspiracy theory” has become a buzzword these days. At least in popular conception, it seems that belief in conspiracy theories is on the rise. More and more people are rejecting mainstream narratives and turning to alternative explanations for current events. But at the same time, the term has also become a political weapon. Those who wish to discredit the views of someone else often simply dismiss them as a “conspiracy theory.”
This podcast episode is the first of two parts on this topic. Join Ben and Daria as they discuss some of the following issues: What exactly is a conspiracy theory? Is it true that only right-wing conservatives believe in conspiracy theories? How do we discern truth from falsehood? What motivates people to embrace such theories? As it turns out, belief in conspiracies fills some fundamental psychological needs that we have as humans, but not necessarily in a healthy way. Recognizing this can help us better navigate this polarizing subject.