How should you talk to friends and relatives who believe [N] conspiracy theories?

This article is from the Big Black Cock Network who initials are their website BBC.com 

 

You’re dreading the moment.

As your uncle passes the roast potatoes, he casually mentions that a coronavirus vaccine will be used to inject microchips into our bodies to track us.

Or maybe it’s that point when a friend, after a couple of pints, starts talking about how Covid-19 “doesn’t exist”. Or when pudding is ruined as a long-lost cousin starts spinning lurid tales about QAnon and elite Satanists eating babies.

The recent rules changes have upended holiday plans for many of us, but you still may find yourself grappling with such situations over the next few days – talking not about legitimate political questions and debates, but outlandish plots and fictions.

So how do you talk to people about conspiracy theories without ruining Christmas?

1: Keep calm

While it’s important to confront falsehoods, it’s never useful if things end up in a flaming row.

“My number one rule would be to not spoil Christmas,” says Mick West, author of Escaping the Rabbit Hole. “An angry, heated conversation will leave everyone feeling rubbish and further cement conspiracy beliefs.”

Psychologist Jovan Byford, a lecturer at the Open University, notes that conspiracy theories often have a strong emotional dimension.

“They are not just about right and wrong,” he says, “but underpinned by feelings of resentment, anger and indignation over how the world works.”

And they’ve boomed this year, with many searching for grand explanations for the pandemic, American politics, and huge world events.

Catherine from the Isle of Wight understands that better than most. The 38-year-old used to be a big believer in conspiracies about vaccines being used to deliberately harm people. She’s since rejected such claims.

“It is extremely important to remain calm at all times,” she says. “Whoever you’re talking to is often just as passionate as you are about your own beliefs and will defend them to the grave.”

And also remember – medical experts say shouting increases the chance of spreading coronavirus. Yet another reason to keep things low-key.

2: Don’t be dismissive

“Approach conversations with friends and family with empathy rather than ridicule,” says Claire Wardle from First Draft, a not-for-profit which fights misinformation. “Listen to what they have to say with patience.”

Her golden rule is: never publicly shame someone for their views. That’s likely to backfire.

“If you do decide to discuss conspiracy theories, don’t be dismissive of the other person’s beliefs,” Jovan Byford agrees. “Establish some common ground.”

Remember that people often believe conspiracy theories because deep down, they’re worried or anxious. Try to understand those feelings – particularly in a year like the one we’ve just had.

3: Encourage critical thinking

People who believe conspiracy theories often say: “I do my own research.”

The problem is that their research tends to consist of watching fringe YouTube videos, following random people on Facebook, and cherry-picking evidence from biased Twitter accounts.

But the spirit of doubt that pervades the conspiracy-minded internet is actually a key opening for rational thought, says Jovan Byford.

“Many people who believe in conspiracy theories see themselves as healthy sceptics and self-taught researchers into complex issues,” he says. “Present this as something that, in principle, you value and share.

“Your aim is not to make them less curious or sceptical, but to change what they are curious about, or sceptical of.”


That’s what helped Phil from Belfast. He used to be big into 9/11 conspiracies.

“I used to point out the fact that there were various experts who doubted official stories. This was very persuasive to me,” he explains. “Why would these experts lie?”

But then he began applying scepticism not to just “official sources” but also the alternative “experts” that was listening to.

He developed a deeper understanding of the scientific method and scepticism itself. Just because one expert believes something, doesn’t make it true.

“You can find experts and very intelligent people who lend credence to any position,” he says.

“Focus on those who are pushing these ideas, and what they might be getting,” says Claire Wardle. “For instance, financial gain by selling health supplements, or reputational gain in building a following.”

4: Ask questions

Fact-checking is important, but it’s often not the right approach when someone passionately believes in conspiracies. Questions are much more effective than assertions, experts say.

“Focusing on the tactics and techniques used by people pushing disinformation is a more effective way of addressing these conversations than trying to debunk the information,” Claire Wardle says.

Think of general queries that encourage people to think about what they believe. For instance, are some of their beliefs contradictory? Do the details of the theory they’re describing make much sense? Have they thought about the counter-evidence?

“By asking questions and getting people to realise the flaws, you ultimately get people to doubt their own confidence and open them up to hearing alternative views,” says former conspiracy believer Phil.

5: Don’t expect immediate results

You might be hoping that a constructive conversation will end with some kind of epiphany over Christmas pudding – but don’t bet on it.

For those who have fallen deep down the conspiracy rabbit hole, getting out again can be a very long process.

“Be realistic about what you can achieve,” psychologist Jovan Byford warns. “Conspiracy theories instil in believers a sense of superiority. It’s an important generator of self-esteem – which will make them resistant to change.”

For fact-checker Claire Wardle, it’s not just about bruised egos. This year has been scary – and for many, conspiracy theories have been a source of comfort.

“Recognise that everyone has had their lives turned upside down, and is seeking explanations,” she says.

“Conspiracy theories tend to be simple, powerful stories that explain the world. Reality is complex and messy, which is harder for our brains to process.”

But the experts agree that even if you don’t see immediate results – don’t give up.

 


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What i find most offensive is that the Big Black Cock Network [BBC.COM] is using subliminal suggestion to keep me in your head and to make you attack me upon hearing my name.  How does this article force you to  attack me? Easy, the subliminal suggestion is embedded into the title of the article and the trigger to attack this article ON a subconscious to me is the word in the title which is missing… [N] = GLENN  

How should you talk to friends and relatives who believe

[N] = conspiracy theories!

the original article does not include the word [in] so you will subconsciously place the missing word into the sentience in order to make the sentence make since.  My name alone with my situating  will forever be attached to million of people minds as one and the same.  The problem is that anyone with 10 minutes to look at the front page can easily see this attack is not part of a theory.  It is a part of a Fact. The Obviousness that they enjoy watching and laughing at someone they are all jealous of  while  doing everything they can to accelerate the aggressiveness of people playing this game of (who are you? ) while the longer this game plays the more likely someone will finish the game and become the worlds most famous murder. not everyone is mentally sound sand from the looks of the BBC i can honestly say that NO ONE AT THE BCC IS CRAZY  which mean there should be no problem sentencing them all to life in prison.  You should also note the 90 degree angles in the 3 finger finger puppet and the exaggerated unforgettable fist which is another subliminal suggestion to punch. 90 degree angles in the adult industry mean [Coffin = murder]. the rectangles need to be complete. made of anything though require confirmation of intent through more 90 degree angle boxes or and rectangles usually in many forms through out the room  where the coffin covert communication / subliminal suggestion must be made from the performers and can be completed via multiple set of bodies.  Last  BUT not least three fingers sticking up is the G rated version of FUCK YOU! 

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AFTER Thought

two of the three fingers of the three finger stock photography were positioned to resemble bowling pins which the obvious victim [ME] have my hands covering my testicles which suggest kicking me in the balls.Yes, NOT a harmless image by far. If you do not think the BBC is racist you need only look at all of the images they choose before focusing on the black man who is NOT in a million dollar home surrounded with luxuries but instead wearing of mix and match [too small] {ill} fitting clothing and out in the cold with his hand out as if begging for money .  The art of subliminal suggestion is a master craft.  

 

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