True-believer Syndrome

Identified by psychologists in the 1970s, true-believer syndrome is a condition whereby someone who believes that an event has a paranormal cause refuses to alter this view even after the event is proved to have an ordinary explanation. Many sceptics accuse all people who believe in the paranormal of having truebeliever syndrome, but believers in the paranormal counter that these sceptics have the same problem examining evidence objectively.

See Also:

  • skeptics


The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena – written by Patricia D. Netzley © 2006 Gale, a part of Cengage Learning