Unhealthy conspiracy theories
October 19, 2012 2:23 AM Subscribe
A friend of mine has become so wrapped up in conspiracy theories that it's ruining his life. Help!
posted by gorcha to human relations (35 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have a friend who believes every conspiracy theory going. They're all linked. There will be a tsunami next week on Wednesday, the sun is a gateway to another dimension, and we are all being controlled by chemicals dropped from airplanes.
I've tried getting him to test his "predictions", and then re-evaluate them when they do not happen. I've tried applying common sense, Occam's razor, even saying nothing and letting him talk. None of it helps: I'm "not ready to know the truth".
The belief in these theories is becoming so strong that it is becoming destructive: he has quit his job to study them, friendships are ending. Lots of us have tried to help him, now we're out of ideas.
If this were a cult, I'd contact some kind of cult rescue centre, like the CIC.
What can I do that we haven't tried already?