Psychologists have discovered a link between schizotypal and belief in conspiracy theories

What do you think, what qualities have people who believe in conspiracy theories? According to a study published in the journal Journal of Individual Differences, people with certain qualities of personality and cognitive skills tend to believe in conspiracy theories. Recall that conspiracy theories exist throughout the history of mankind, but lately they are becoming more noticeable. The researchers suggest that part of the reason for this was the social network. But what attracts people to conspiracy theories and most importantly, who are these people?

Who believes in conspiracy theories and why?

Edition of ScienceDaily quotes the words of the authors of the study that people who believe in conspiracy theories, as a rule, more suspicious, distrustful, eccentric, they need to feel special. Also they tend to see the world as a dangerous place. Researchers believe that such people are more likely to find meaningful patterns where they do not exist. But opponents of conspiracy theories and people not inclined to believe in them, tend to have the opposite qualities.

In the study, researchers interviewed more than 1,200 American adults. The subjects were asked a series of questions regarding their personal qualities, passions and history of their family. Scientists are also interested in whether subjects with General statementssuch as: “the power possessed by the heads of state, gives authorities a small unknown groups who really control world politics”, and “scientists manipulate public opinion or concealing evidence of important research to deceive the public”. Some conspiracy theorists believe that everyone on the planet controls the secret world government or that scientists are constantly deceiving everyone around. This indicates that personality traits or other individual differences may be important.

The researchers wanted to test how each of several previously identified personality traits can explain belief in conspiracy theories. Learning a few signs at a time, the researchers were able to determine what qualities were most important. The results showed that the strongest predictor of belief in conspiracy is a combination of personal characteristics, which is called “schizotypal”. Schizotypy is not a clinical diagnosis and can manifest itself as strange or eccentric behavior, tendency to social isolation, coldness or inadequacy of emotional reactions, etc. the Study also showed that supporters of conspiracy theories often been evaluated by senseless statements like deep.