Why are so many people drawn to conspiracy theories in times of crisis?
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I truly enjoyed this article, as it gave me different perspectives on just how much humans conform to each other. The examples were also very informative, as I did not understand some of the material, but as the examples went into further detail, the material made more sense. I never really considered how much our own opinions were based on the opinions of others, but group polarization definitely proves that process, as we tend to have a stronger belief of our own opinions when others agree with us; and I think that is what makes conformity so influential, because we want and have a deep desire for acceptance of others. While most people are influenced by others, and we have a desire to be social and "popular", there are also a small percentage of people that do not follow the crowd, and because they don't want to be influenced by others, they are seen as "abnormal" or "weird." I think that its okay to be different or stand out from the crowd, because that is what creates diversity within society, but of course, if a group of people consider someone "weird" for being different, then group polarization will increase their beliefs of that certain person being weird, just because others think that its true as well.
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