Scientific Study Reveals “Conspiracy Theorists” Are The Most Sane Of All

I was so happy to finally see a study done on the psychology of conspiracy beliefs.  It goes through the importance of belief systems in the acceptance or rejection of ‘conspiracy theories.’

If you consider yourself awakened and seeking the truth – especially in government matters, people are quick to label you a crazy conspiracy theorist just so they can validate themselves.

In this study, a large group of commenters were examined on a news website, surrounding the topic of 9/11. Out of the 2174 comments collected, 1459 were coded as conspiracist and 715 as conventionalist. Right away its evident more people are thinking critically about ‘conspiracies’ rather than just disputing them.

What they found was that conspiracist commenters were more likely to argue against the opposing interpretation and less likely to argue in favor of their own interpretation, while the opposite was true of conventionalist commenters.

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In other words, the anti-conspiracy commenters we’re pushing on their own interpretations of the situation rather than focusing on what really happened.

The conspiracists were more likely to express mistrust and made more positive and fewer negative references.

They focused more on the points of what happened, rather than putting the other people down.

The data also indicated that conspiracists were largely unwilling to apply the “conspiracy theory” label to their own beliefs.

They realized that label carries a negative social stigma and there is no need to plaster on these labels when trying to decode the truth.

The most important part of this study found that the conventionalist arguments tended to be much more hostile. This is apparent all over the internet, people who are trying to spread truth and awareness usually aren’t mean about it.

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When people refute these ideas, it seems to always be much more aggressive. They want to push their conventional mentality so they don’t have to broaden their minds.

People who want you to truly open your mind to new possibilities do it in a way that isn’t forceful and demanding.

Seeking truth happens on your own means so people who are labelled as conspiracy theorists are just trying to help awaken our world. Being considered a ‘conspiracy theorist’ is truly a noble thing.

You are pushing through the barriers of existing belief systems in order to make room for broader, more accepting beliefs. People are still very afraid and want to defend the old paradigm.

If anyone has ever invalidated your attempts to uncover the truth – keep going, it’s a brave and necessary act as our world raises it’s consciousness.

Read more about the study here.

Source: The Spirit Science

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22 Responses

  1. Jayol Brand says:

    “Con’s Piracy”, which has been one manner to describe [especially] the Amorican Pirates who do anything to distract, destroy, pillage, steal, and enslave time after time after time, BLATANTLY, especially via Statutes (Black & White)….neither Called into Question or Rescinded…EVER; so, is such ‘Theory’; or Fact? The Truth, particularly Whole Truth(s), versus mere Partial-Truth(s), which is but pure propaganda; and commercial-based, is not only “in harmony with herself”, as Emerson rightly pointed out, but is quite often HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT, just as Occultists have long prided their work(s) for hundreds, and in many cases, thousands of years! “Psych” and “ology” is explained well, just as statute after statute after statute, within the Ucadia Blogs for those brave enough; and sane enough, to read & listen…please do keep it up, though, folks; but please do so in Great Respect, Non-belligerence, and Non-violence as Demonstration(s) of Competence as to Restore the Golden Rule of Law, both Obscured and Destroyed by the PRIVATE Roman Cult’s PRIVATE Hierarchy via their PRIVATE Crown and its PRIVATE Bar Pseudo-Law(s), to openly protect its PRIVATE Banking Structure; having long hijacked EVERY single “Public” structure on the planet without Recourse, Remedy, or Relief, whatsoever!

    [Hope this may help]….”Con’s Piracy” has been specifically mispronounced to produce mental imagery and proper legerdemain; thankfully, there are more folks making Conscious Decision(s) to no longer be Slaves; nor Things (LESS THAN SLAVES), but we’ve a long way to go!!

    -In Love, always, Jace.

  2. What? says:

    As the first author of this study, I’d like
    to address a misleading headline that’s been making the rounds lately:
    the idea that this study says that people who believe 9/11 conspiracy
    theories are better-adjusted than those who do not. This grossly
    misinterprets our results: this study says nothing about mental health,
    and its results do not justify any conclusions about one group of people
    being more or less “sane” than another.

    The main basis for this misinterpretation appears to be the observed
    difference in hostility between conspiracist (pro-conspiracy-theory) and
    conventionalist (anti-conspiracy-theory) comments. On average,
    conventionalist comments tended to be somewhat more hostile. In the
    paper, we interpret this difference as the product of a fairly specific
    social situation in which the two rival opinion-based groups use
    different strategies of social influence according to their relative
    popularity, rather than as an inherent psychological difference. In
    fact, previous research by Marina Abalakina-Paap and colleagues
    has shown that dispositional hostility is positively, not negatively,
    correlated with beliefs in conspiracy theories – in other words, people
    who believe more conspiracy theories tend to be more hostile.
    However, that finding doesn’t necessarily justify the conclusion that
    conventionalists are better-adjusted than conspiracists. Either of these
    conclusions relies on the unstated premise that hostility is never good
    or justified, and that less hostility is always better. This is at
    least an arguable assumption, and there’s certainly no evidence for it
    here.

    In general, I would urge anyone who found this paper via the “sanity”
    article to please think critically about headlines in the future. It is
    tempting to believe without question self-serving headlines that
    validate your prejudices and beliefs, but that’s precisely when critical
    thinking is most important.

  3. Proud of your chronic mental disability? Really?

    • Jantavious says:

      You are proving the point of this article, buddy.

      • 1. I don’t believe we’re buddies.

        2. Chronic should not be touted proudly since it is a negative thing (unless you’re referring to a specific strain of weed, in which case it is still a subjective statement). Claude needs to moderate himself if he is so extreme as to consider his affliction “chronic”. His cognitive bias will be towards conspiracy rather than seeking the truth.

        3. Despite some conspiracy theories being proven true in the past, they are far outweighed by truths discovered via other means (science, logic and common sense for some examples).

        4. The hostility towards conspiracy theorists from non-conspiracy theorists is likely due to frustration dealing with the stupidity inherent in the former.

        5. A single article on a conspiracy theory themed website with a misleading title that is DISPUTED BY THE AUTHOR OF THE STUDY THEY ARE CITING does not change the status quo.

  4. Jantavious says:

    Some people think critically, others dont! News at 11!

  5. Mavins says:

    We all have time. Obviously.

    • Mavins says:

      Most non conspiracy theory supporters are incapable of doing any research and can’t stand their beliefs being challenged.

  6. Matthew Hecht says:

    We conspiracy theorists are the only reason our nation exists, distrust of the old country leading to emigrating here. The only reason we were then not wiped out by Indians are the conspiracy theorists figuring out Philip united the Indians against the settlers. We then realized the British government was removing our rights as Englishmen and left. Distrust+fear=liberty.

  7. Lynnette says:

    I am the author of this article!

    • Lextalionis says:

      Lynnette: If you wrote this… then you either a) can’t read. b) didn’t read the paper… or and I think this is the real one… c) didn’t think anyone else would read the real paper… just… wow

  8. Lextalionis says:

    Actually… the study says nothing like this…

    Recent research into the psychology of conspiracy belief has highlighted the importance of belief systems in the acceptance or rejection of conspiracy theories. We examined a large sample of conspiracist (pro-conspiracy-theory) and conventionalist (anti-conspiracy-theory) comments on news websites in order to investigate the relative importance of promoting alternative explanations vs. rejecting conventional explanations for events. In accordance with our hypotheses, we found that conspiracist commenters were more likely to argue against the opposing interpretation and less likely to argue in favor of their own interpretation, while the opposite was true of conventionalist commenters. However, conspiracist comments were more likely to explicitly put forward an account than conventionalist comments were. In addition, conspiracists were more likely to express mistrust and made more positive and fewer negative references to other conspiracy theories. The data also indicate that conspiracists were largely unwilling to apply the “conspiracy theory” label to their own beliefs and objected when others did so, lending support to the long-held suggestion that conspiracy belief carries a social stigma. Finally, conventionalist arguments tended to have a more hostile tone. These tendencies in persuasive communication can be understood as a reflection of an underlying conspiracist worldview in which the details of individual conspiracy theories are less important than a generalized rejection of official explanations.

  9. Robert Graff says:

    NSA Trolls, Trolls everywhere… a proper first author would give exact reference as to who exactly they are as well as who they work for, details about the study etc… in the first comment wouldn’t you think.
    These comments do nothing to persuade any actual critical thinker we are already aware of our mental state, it is the first thing you are likely to question when a conspiracy starts to seem like more than just a theory.

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