"Conspiracy mindset"

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A tool of the deep state to undermine opposition. Anyone who believes in high level corruption (holds "conspiracy beliefs") is assumed to be mentally abnormal and deficient, although the majority of the population do so.

The "conspiracy mindset" is a component of academic study of conspiracy theories, a project to equate suspicion of official narratives with mental illness.

Official narrative

Western democracies may occasionally deceive people, but the existence of a "free press" makes it is impossible that this could be anything more than an isolated few bad apples. Widespread systemic corruption is unthinkable.

Psychological profiling

Many papers hypothesise the existence of a "conspiratorial mindset" and then attempt to characterise it.[1]

"Need for cognitive closure"

A 2017 paper stated that
“Conspiracy theories offer simple answers to complex problems by providing explanations for uncertain situations. Thus, they should be attractive to individuals who are intolerant of uncertainty and seek cognitive closure.”
Marta Marchlewska,  Aleksandra Cichocka,  Małgorzata Kossowska (2017)  Addicted to answers: Need for cognitive closure and the endorsement of conspiracy beliefs [2]

Self contradictory nature

Roland Imhoff and Pia Karoline Lamberty argue that “a small part in motivating the endorsement of such seemingly irrational beliefs is the desire to stick out from the crowd, the need for uniqueness” [1]

Taking conspiracy seriously

It appears to be taboo for research into "conspiracy theory" to review the available evidence for such beliefs. There are however a few authors who have published academic papers which look at the evidence of conspiracies (for example Amy Baker Benjamin, Lance deHaven-Smith or Peter Dale Scott).

Purposes

The stigmatisation of those who doubt official pronouncements is accompanied by growing efforts to censor their self-expression on the internet.

Usage

The phrase "conspiracy mindset" is used outside of an academic context, sometimes with an awareness that it is a new term.[3]

 

Related Quotation

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Totalitarianism“the mind of the conspiracy theorist can hardly be changed, and surely not on mere logical grounds. These two elements, namely the ideation of hidden plots behind social events and the suspiciousness with which alternative accounts are regarded, have prompted historians to define conspiracy thinking as a form of collective paranoiaBruno Castanho Silva
Federico Vegetti
Levente Littvay
2017


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