From Wikipedia: Gullibility is a failure of social intelligence in which a person is easily tricked or manipulated into an ill-advised course of action. It is closely related to credulity, which is the tendency to believe unlikely propositions that are unsupported by evidence.
Many of the articles say that people of above average intelligence are prone to being gullible. Phew. Not really. I know that I have fellow teachers that are followers of the lies that surround me. The biggest stupidity of all is that anyone who participates in Vigilante Stalking or Gangstalking is stomping on the judicial system of the United States of America. Period. No discussion. You are. There are also many people who are in roles of service, assigned to protect people who take these rumors (or false evidence?), fall hook, line and sinker and put their church of harassing above their jobs.
Anyway, I truly think there are those who hear that someone trusted made a statement, therefore it must be true. The lies take on a life on their own, fed somewhat by the actions of the survivors (targeted individuals). In trying to be in control, we survivors can do some wacky looking things. Taken out of context – Wow, that lady should not be working with kids. And the lies go on.
I had been thinking that there much be some horrible “evidence” forgetting how gullible people can be.
From Psychology Today:
“Moreover, behaving gullibly isn’t at all the same thing as acting impulsively. For unlike impulsive behavior, gullibility involves proceeding with a behavior that’s risky (whether physically, psychologically, socially, ethically, financially, or legally) because of deeply felt external pressure. In hindsight, we can generally recognize that we acted on, or agreed to, what another proposed despite warning signs, or questions that hadn’t yet been satisfactorily answered.”