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Annals of gullibility
Stephen Greenspan

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Annals of gullibility
why we get duped and how to avoid it
Stephen Greenspan ; foreword by Donald S. Connery.

Published 2008 by Praeger Publishers in Westport, Conn .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Foreward / by Donald S. Connery
Why a book about gullibility?
What is gullibility?
Gullibility is a form of "foolish action"
Developmental factors in gullibility and its diminution
Is gullibility unique to humans?
What are the causes of gullibility?
Gullibility in literature and folk tales
Pinocchio was one gullible puppet
Red Riding Hood and Pied Piper
Emperor's new clothes
Gullibility in Mark Twain
Was Gulliver gullible?
Melville's "confidence man"
Shakespeare on gullibility
Gullibility in religion
Samson and other Bible stories
Belief in God and supernatural phenomena
Satan as a manipulator of the gullible
Believers in end-of-the world predictions
Those who believe in mediums
Anti-semitism as an obsession for gullibles
Christian Science as a gullibility magnet
Gullibility in war and politics
The Trojan Horse and military deception
Vietnam and the march of folly
The Second Iraq War
Gullibility on the right
Gullibility on the left
Suicide bombers : psychotic or super gullible?
Believing conspiracy theories
Spin doctoring and believing semi-lies
Gullibility in criminal justice
Gullible murder accomplices
A trial as a test of a jury's gullibility
Gullibility of lawyers
Believing crime scares
Naïve notions of criminal redemption
The interrogation situation
Child witnesses and gullible interrogators
Gullibility in science and academia
The sokal hoax
The art world
Cold fusion
Academic hiring decisions
Gullibility in therapists and patients
Alternative health practices
Facilitated communication
Gullibility in vulnerable populations
False confessions in people with brain damage
Social vulnerability of young people
Frail elderly and people with Alzheimer's
People with developmental impairments
Gullibility in autism
Brain damage and syndromes
Gullibility in finance and relationships
Choice of vacation destinations
Inheritance scams
Believing rumors
Subjects of journalists
Sexual relationships
Practical jokes
Tulipmania and investment crazes
Believing family members
Questions about gullibility
Is gullibility a form of stupidity?
Is affect the key to understanding gullibility?
Does low energy contribute to gullibility?
Does self-deception affect gullibility?
Should gullible people be blamed for being gullible?
Is gullibility a personality trait?
Is gullibility an absence of autonomy?
Is gullibility part of the legal definition of incompetence
Becoming less gullible
Make it a point to avoid acting impulsively
Engineer situations that reduce the likelihood of gullible outcomes
Know one's limitations
Seek to become more socially intelligent
Work up a repertoire of disengagement tactics
Help young people to be less gullible
Cultivate skepticism but not cynicism
Gullibility can decrease as one becomes older and wiser.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
BF637.D42 G74 2008

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p. cm.

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