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PSYCHOLOGY TODAY article: What Kind of Person Believes in QAnon? And how should we talk to those who do?

 
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PSYCHOLOGY TODAY article: What Kind of Person Believes in QAnon? And how should we talk to those who do?
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Have you noticed specific traits in people that become QAnon believers?

First of all, about half the population believes in at least one conspiracy theory, so conspiracy theory beliefs are "normal." That said, psychology research has shown greater degrees of certain cognitive quirks among those who believe in conspiracy theories—like need for uniqueness; needs for certainty, closure, and control; and lack of analytical thinking. But the best predictor of conspiracy theory belief may be mistrust, and more specifically, mistrust of authoritative sources of information. Which means that those most likely to become QAnon believers mistrust mainstream sources of information, spend a lot of time on the internet and social media looking for alternative answers, and are devotees of President Trump.

QAnon also includes other facets that are appealing to some that can serve as "hooks" that lure people into the world of QAnon. There's obviously a central pro-Trump/anti-liberal component, but there's also considerable overlap with evangelical Christianity and its looming apocalyptic battle between good and evil. And now there's overlap with people who are concerned about child sex trafficking, with QAnon highjacking #SaveTheChildren. Curiously, however, those who are "hooked" from this angle are able to turn a blind eye to President Trump's own friendship with Jeffrey Epstein or the several charges made against him about sexual assault of minors, which amounts to a classic case of cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias.

In what ways does this conspiracy theory impact relationships?

In order to maintain fringe beliefs, it's often necessary to turn away from the mainstream, including any family and friends who disagree with you. In "falling down the rabbit hole," QAnon followers have often found a new world, and to some extent a new "family" of like-minded believers that make previous relationships less rewarding and more fraught. Similar to differences in political beliefs, arguments about QAnon can definitely break up marriages or cause significant strain on other relationships.

Immersing oneself in the internet world of QAnon can also resemble a behavioral addiction to pursuits like video games or gambling. QAnon is a
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All of this. Q was fun. Like ive stated in my previous post, a comic! A story of time stamps, dates, hopes. Becoming a detective of sorts. But sometimes even the most plausible cases must be closed. Q taught me free thought, and thats something I cant deny. I wont buy the Q guys anymore, or the media lies. Get out there and enjoy the world for what It is!
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QAnon...the world of psycho


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The spooks feel the need to bash Q followers...

Which tells me that they are projecting what they themselves are doing -

feeling fear toward those who are informed and made connections of the corruption and human trafficking.

WE KNOW.

You suck, Feds.

Suck it, Fake Paychology Non-Science
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They and a majority of publications should call their rags mockingbird today





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