Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A Psychological View On The Trump Supporter

10. Trump’s Conspiracy Theories Target the Mentally Vulnerable

While the conspiracy theory crowd — who predominantly support Donald Trump and crackpot allies like Alex Jones and the shadowy QAnon — may appear to just be an odd quirk of modern society, some of them may suffer from psychological illnesses that involve paranoia and delusions, such as schizophrenia, or are at least vulnerable to them, like those with schizotype personalities.
The link between schizotypy and belief in conspiracy theories is well-established, and a recent study published in the journal Psychiatry Research has demonstrated that it is still very prevalent in the population. The researchers found that those who were more likely to believe in outlandish conspiracy theories, such as the idea that the U.S. government created the AIDS epidemic, consistently scored high on measures of “odd beliefs and magical thinking.” One feature of magical thinking is a tendency to make connections between things that are actually unrelated in reality.
Donald Trump and media allies target these people directly. All one has to do is visit alt-right websites and discussion boards to see the evidence for such manipulation.




Debra She Who Seeks said...

The problem is not that these people are whack-jobs, the problem is when they get their hands on power.

Jerry Shepherd said...

When the 45thoccupantofhtewhitehouse says, "I'm the only one who can fix this," or "I know more about this than the generals do. etc.," That is a signal that the 45thoccupantofthewhitehouse doesn't know what he's talking about (and he knows he doesn't know.)