We’ve Got Something for Everyone

Is that you? If so, congratulations! You are normal and just like everyone else. This is called The Forer Effect. Wikipedia says that it “is the observation that individuals will give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically for them, but are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people.” This is also called the Barnum Effect, named after the famous P. T. Barnum, showman, entertainer and founder of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He was also quoted as saying “We’ve got something for everyone!”

The Forer Effect describes a set of characteristics which a person thinks is attributed to him uniquely. But this thought is thought by everyone else. The above paragraph is a set of general characteristics thought by any individual who has done even a little bit of introspection or has some emotional quotient. This is also how astrology works. So, if you wonder how stars and planets are connected to your well-being, well, they are not.

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