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Believing In Conspiracy Theories Is A Form Of Psychosis

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posted on May, 3 2011 @ 04:23 PM
Believing the government and the MSM is an even greater form of psychosis.

And hey, what's wrong with psychotics? I mean that's what most politicians are. In fact, it seems to be a necessary qualification for the job.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 04:30 PM
reply to post by TheMaverick

TheMaverick makes a strong statement based in truth. Irrational Beliefs are a legitimate subject touched upon by psychiatrists & psychologists when deemed necessary. Patients which harbor Irrational Beliefs are stunted from fully enjoying life because they fear the circumstance.

Irrational Beliefs may deeply affect a person emotionally, physically or both. A patient that is seeking to overcome this problem has to let their fear be known so they may receive help in overcoming. Irrational Beliefs may appear comical to the layman (example: intense, crippling fear of balloons) but they are all too real for those who suffer.

Often patients present with multiple symptoms. Toss paranoia into the mix with conspiracy fears and you've got an ATS fan for life.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 05:50 PM
hmmm, as some one doing his degree in Psychology and now looking at either my masters or Phd and I for one do not see conspiracy theorists having a psychosis.

If any thing the sheeple are suffering from Stockholm_syndrome

The great thing about social sciences are that unlike pure science there is no right or wrong answers there are personal opinions.

This is probably why i enjoy cannabis, as its in effect unhitchs my inhibitors of uninterupted thinking and the black and white reality that people believe we exist in but I for one live in the grey where everyone has an equal opinion and it should always be herd for objective and constructive critism for informed decisions.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 05:54 PM
Being stupid is a form of being stupid.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 06:19 PM
this is thinking is both stupid and dangerous, all conspiracy theorist do is question events and people. if thats bad and we dont question this than what could happen.
i watch mass media news like cbc, ive changed my views on things based on contrary evidence.
i really dont like the way they just basicaly stero type conspiracy theorists, but wernt they saying they need to change their thinking to have conspiracy theorist accepted.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 06:21 PM
I hate stuff like that, its like saying that cheating on your SO is a genetic trait, and its not your fault, or wanting to have sex all the time is a disease. NO its HUMAN NATURE, we WANT to experience different things, we WANT to have sex and we WANT to know the truth, always. When we suspect something isn't right of COURSE we will speak up, and if I see a male model in boxers of COURSE i will react. :O ridiculous that some people look down from such a high selfmade platform in such a way. Idk just makes me dissapointed i guess.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 06:49 PM
this is the beginning of the propaganda that will keep the sheep from speaking out when we all start getting thrown into FEMA camps...

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 06:51 PM
We could probably enumerate a million things that could be "a form of psychosis".
Belief without proof is surely one, but this can be badly interpreted depending on the knowledge that each person has.

Let's say something far out but easily believable like Nassim Haramein : Theory on the universe.
or so weird and advanced it looks like disinfo Basiago : We teleported to Mars.

It can sounds like good or bad information but that perception is limited by the technology we have seen in action.

One can say : Hey, I've done some out of body experience, I believe that Nassim dude!
The other can say : Well there is so much we don't know, Tesla taught of that stuff more then 100 years ago...I believe that Basiago! (Although his book looks clearly like 100% BS lol)

I'm not the kind of person to believe in something without proof but I don't want to dismiss something totally if it would make sense if I had seen in action some of the other "alien technology"

So a psychosis, is really a matter of perception, knowledge and the society you live in atm.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 06:53 PM

Originally posted by HenryPatrick
this is the beginning of the propaganda that will keep the sheep from speaking out when we all start getting thrown into FEMA camps...

Wow this is good, very very good.
So is the OP an agent then?! haha

No I like what you said, I didn't see that side yet

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 06:55 PM

Originally posted by Hopeforeveryone
I'd say that not asking important questions is a form of psychosis - Also compared to other beliefs such as those commonly found in religions or on the main stream media i'd say it's a lot healthier.


The blind support of whatever seems most "official" is a society level of Stockholm syndrome.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 06:55 PM
There's a huge difference between believing in something that happens to be classed as a conspiracy theory, and believing in something just because it is a conspiracy theory.

I think that it's those who adopt the latter position who are being singled out here. For some people see a conspiracy in everything, whether it be earthquakes and other natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or even music videos.

While it's perfectly valid to hypothesise about these alternative theories, I think that it can be rather dangerous to automatically believe in every counter-narrative that is made in response to the generally reported facts of an event.

Discernment, rigorous, unbiased examination, and critical thought, are the keys to getting to the bottom of any situation or story, in my opinion.

However, I don't agree with the premise that those who believe in most conspiracy theories are ''psychotic'', as I think the concept of psychosis is meaningless and devoid of any tangible distinction.

Psychiatry is fundamentally flawed, as it is based on an unscientific, teleological notion of evolution, and an outdated view of the human mind that doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 06:58 PM

Kay also offers concrete steps that intelligent, culturally engaged Americans can take to reject conspiracism and help regain control of the intellectual landscape

I'm not sure whether to laugh or rage with the force of a thousand suns. Sure, some people with mental illnesses get right into conspiracies and take it a little too far, but now even those who merely question official versions of events are being herded into the same flock.

I have been seeing a lot of mentions regarding conspiracy theorists in the news lately, particularly concerning Obama's birth certificate and the alleged death of Bin Laden. How long before self help books start to appear so that Americans can "reject conspiracism"?

Sounds like another money making ploy at the expense of all those who dare to question.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 07:07 PM
Wow, I read the mainstream news everyday. That's the main reason I'm positive things aren't always as they seem. And no I don't see conspiracies in every news article. There's very few actually. Many articles on the federal reserve reek of conspiracy.
And then there's the fact that they have a massive propaganda campaign on Iran that's been going on for years. Everyday they say how bad Iran is. BS!
Mainstream news manipulates many stories to fit their agenda, practically the definition of propaganda. They leave important stuff out of stories all the time.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 07:21 PM
Ok we've had Operation Ajax, project mkultra,cointelpro, operation mongoose, operation northwoods, Gulf of Tonkin incident, secret bombing of Cambodia, Air America, Watergate, Profumo scandal ( for all us fellow UK'ers) Iran- Contra scandal, Enron, why the list just goes on and on and on....

If it wasn't for people paying attention to what's going on in the world then devious governments and organisations would be getting away with serious crimes on a daily basis - If anything conspiracy theorists should be celebrated in society. Sure we're going to get it wrong now and then and it is going to attract people with mental issues but on the whole i think we're doing the world a valuable service.
edit on 3-5-2011 by Hopeforeveryone because: spelling umm nah typo's honest

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 08:03 PM
reply to post by Hopeforeveryone

I was thinking that same thing yesterday. How can people call conspiracy theorists crazy, when there are so many confirmed conspiracies, many involving our own government. IMO, you'd have to be crazy to fully believe the government

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 08:13 PM
reply to post by Ghost375

The various governments around the world must hate the internet as people can share ideas and evidence so much easier than when i was young. If anything all this scrutinising is going to make them run a very tight ship in the future, if they're not already. I remember reading about how in Soviet Russia the used to have a saying that you had to read between the lines of the newspapers to get to the truth - seems like it's how it is in the west now.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 08:15 PM
Unfortunately, most people buy into the media driven meme that those of us who believe things other than the original stories and MSM are some type of "crazy" and should be shunned by society. I honestly believe it is one of the reasons that many individual who may have thoughts or conspiracy leanings end up keeping their mouths shut, which, in turn, makes it even more difficult for us to get the correct answers and truth from the government. Most people see "conspiracy theorists" as crackpots sitting in their mother's basement, eating cheetos and wearing tin-foil hats, when in reality, I bet that 80% of the people on ATS are law abiding, 40 hours a week, hang out with the guys and grab a drink, normal people. All we can continue to do now is push for the truth about anything and everything we can. It's our responsibility. One day we will be proven right on at least some of the important things we are pushing for, and until that day, we have to work harder than ever to ensure that the truth does come out.

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 08:37 PM
reply to post by TheMaverick

Truth hurts?

posted on May, 3 2011 @ 09:07 PM
The only psychosis I see is reflected in the lemmings that follow the leader right off a cliff. People that put their faith in the main stream media who are admittedly owned by the same corporations that own our government. These are the worst kinds of fools. They believe so wholeheartedly in what they're being fed that the cyanide begins to taste like fillet mignon. Many of these people are so blinded by the illusion that they won't be able to tell they've walked off the edge until they make an impact crater in the ground.
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posted on May, 3 2011 @ 09:46 PM
I thought I saw a post about ATS being attacked. When I see this topic, I got what that meant.
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