See No Truth, Hear No Truth, Speak No Truth

The entries on the blog are regular newsletters, but given we are at the 10 anniversary I decided to write an entry on how we may be able to use psychological research to engage more constructively with others. I have a degree in psychology (1999) but still have an interest in social psychological research.

“You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, they will fight to protect it.” - Morpheus, The Matrix

I am a closet conspiract theorist

It was probably going to be the first of many meetings. Over the last few years, I had been told there is something wrong with me though I could not understand what it was. I had been encouraged by my doctor to visit a self-help group and, so here I was faced with a circle of chairs, all of them occupied except one. I sat down and I smiled nervously. The occupants of the other chairs nodded and smiled in my direction.

A very enthusiastic lady said, “Hello. My name is Joanne. What is your name and why are you here?” I smiled in return, “My name is David,” I replied,” and I am a closet conspiracy theorist.”

Discussion on

Self affirmation theory
Conflict of interest and social dilemmas
Majority and minority influence
The effects of prior theories on subsequent evidence
Resistance to persuasion
Spiral of silence theory

It isn't quite finished so comments welcome.