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By Stephen Greenspan

The 1st ebook to supply a accomplished examine the matter of gullibility, this groundbreaking paintings covers how and why we're fooled in parts that variety from faith, politics, technology, and drugs, to private finance and relationships. First laying the basis through displaying gullibility at play within the writings of historical authors we know, developmental psychologist Stephen Greenspan follows with chapters that describe social duping around the gamut of human behavior. From those who pour dollars into funding scams, to those that stick with the religion of scientologists, think in fortunetellers, or champion unfounded medication equivalent to snake oil, we know an individual who has been duped. loads of us were duped ourselves, out of naive belief. it isn't a question of low intelligence that strikes us to, with out facts, think the phrases of politicians, salesmen, teachers, attorneys, army figures, or cult leaders, between others. Greenspan indicates us the 4 wide purposes we turn into drawn into gullible habit, and he provides methods humans can turn into much less gullible.Greenspan takes us into the massive realm of gullibility from the fictitious Pied Piper to the ancient malicious program, then via modern day army maneuvers, political untruths, police and legal justice scams, and monetary and love lies. whereas there were previous books fascinated by liars and manipulators of every type, this is often the 1st to target the gullible who're their sufferers, and the way the gullible can develop into much less more likely to be taken back.

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Given this literary use of the name “Gullible” as a stand-in for the hero of Jonathan Swift’s 19th-century novel Gulliver’s Travels, I wondered if Swift himself had such a meaning in mind when he came up with the name of his hero. ” Bailey’s view that the Travels is about gullibility was confirmed in an e-mail from Michael Seidel (personal communication, May 14, 2004), a Columbia University literature professor, and the author of the introduction to my 2003 edition of the Travels. D. Nuttall (1995), a professor of English at Oxford, commented on Gullliver’s extreme gullibility (which he saw as a sign of his increasing madness) in praising the rationality and other virtues of the Houyhnhnms (horses) and missing their many flaws, including cruelty.

The gullibility theme pervades the many “trickster” stories, ranging from Native American coyote folktales, to animated short films such as Bugs Bunny (in which Elmer Fudd is constantly being duped), Tom and Jerry (the cat constantly being duped by the mouse), etc. ” In this story, Tricky Fox brags to Brother Fox that he can fool a human into putting a pig in a sack for him. He puts a log in a sack and, acting old and infirm, he asks a kind lady to let him spend the night. He puts the sack down on the floor and asks the lady not to look in it.

DANGEROUS GULLIBILITY: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE PIED PIPER Pinocchio was hardly the only children’s book to have avoidance of gullibility as its central message. Gullibility is a common theme in children’s literature. As with Pinocchio, the main message of these stories is “resist the lures of deceptive others” and “listen to good advice” if you expect to survive and grow up. A good example of this is the German fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Red Riding Hood is given a basket of food to bring to her ailing grandmother.

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