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What causes some people to automatically assume they're being lied to?

Asked by Dutchess_III (26431 points ) December 9th, 2013

I think that if it wasn’t for my influence my husband would be a moderate conspiracy theorist…maybe worse! He was scheduled to fly out of town today. He just came down and said he might not be going. He said, the flight into Dallas was cancelled.
I said, “Must be the weather.”
He said, “Supposedly. That’s what they’re saying anyway. I don’t think the weather’s that bad there.”
I’m all, “Well, perhaps terrorists have taken over the airport?”

I mean, what is there to doubt in the explanation? What other reason would they have for shutting down an airport and losing millions of dollars a day?

What causes people to be so automatically suspicious? Do you think they were lied to a lot as a kid or something?

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ragingloli's avatar

Experience.
Vast knowledge about the human mind and history.
Common sense.

gailcalled's avatar

There are huge numbers of flight cancellations at many of the hubs due to rotten weather. Remind him of the “Dribble Down” phenomenon. Then suggest (in a loving manner) that he check the national weather alerts and advisories.

ucme's avatar

Paranoia

Dutchess_III's avatar

But why do people become paranoid, @ucme?

ucme's avatar

How the fuck should I know? Maybe they’re used to being lied to a lot & can’t tell the truth from a smack in the face.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s what I’m thinking. They just got lied to a lot growing up so they assume that’s how the world works. Sad, really.

Pachy's avatar

Lack of trust borne out of experience and the ability—again borne out of experience—to read the “tells.” Perhaps a bit of sixth sense as well.

khajuria's avatar

A tendency to over-think.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Sixth sense? If the suspicious were valid I could see “sixth sense’ playing in, but most of the time conspiracy theorists are so far out of the pale it’s not even funny.

khajuria's avatar

How is it that Sixth Sense has to do here?

ucme's avatar

“I see dead people”…liar!

Dutchess_III's avatar

@khajuria In this case she’s referring to ESP, not the movie, “Sixth Sense.”

Juels's avatar

It is all about trust. If I don’t trust the source, then I either I’m suspicious or disbelieving.

khajuria's avatar

Dutchess, I know that she is referring to ESP! Again, what does it have to do with assuming. Esp’s don’t assume, they can foresee.

Lorna's avatar

Experience. If you have been lied to, or hurt a lot, you come to assume that that is life. That all people will treat you the same.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Juels, well, yes. In a general kind of way. In this case, though, the source is the airports!

Juels's avatar

@Dutchess_III How do we really know it was because of the weather? Maybe there was a security problem that they didn’t want the public to know about. I’m going to have to take your husband’s side on this one. ;-)

Juels's avatar

My husband makes fun of me when we fly. Every time there is turbulence, I think the engines are malfunctioning. I’m not really afraid of flying. I just don’t trust the pilot or the last person to maintenance the plane. It didn’t help that he watched all of the disaster movies (Airplane, Airport 70 75 & 77, The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure, etc.) on Netflix just before our last trip.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Juels, sorry to be blunt but that is ridiculous. There are still thousands of people at the airport. News would get out.
http://www.khou.com/news/texas-news/450-flights-canceled-out-of-Dallas-Fort-Worth-234951681.html.

Juels's avatar

@Dutchess_III Don’t ruin this for me. I don’t usually go for conspiracy theories but I’m having fun with it. And who says the security problem has to actually be AT the Dallas airport. It could be anywhere, even a threat made against the airport. Don’t you ever wonder how many threats the general public is never made aware of?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, the threat has been going on since Thursday so I hope they figure it out soon.

YARNLADY's avatar

It could possibly be projection. A person who habitually lies just automatically assumes everyone does.

GloPro's avatar

According to this link, people are lied to 200 times a day:

http://liespotting.com/2010/06/10-research-findings-about-deception-that-will-blow-your-mind/

Why wouldn’t you learn over time to question everything?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Because I don’t want to live my life in a state of perpetual paranoia and distrust @GloPro. That would be depressing.

GloPro's avatar

@Dutchess_III agreed. People can lie to me all day long. I don’t really care either way. Most of the time it really doesn’t matter anyway, as perception is reality.

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