With the vaccination, a chip is implanted in you. Or: Corona is used for the targeted creation of a new world order. Or: Satanists and lizard people brought the virus into circulation. Or particularly popular: Corona is just a cold. Conspiracy theories like these are currently booming, especially in social media, and those who spread them are usually also convinced of them and want to “proselytize” others.
The reason for this lies in the dwindling influence of the churches, which has led to a lack of orientation in thought models, as the well-known psychiatrist Heidi Kastner explains in an interview with the “Standard”. This creates the ideal breeding ground for esotericism and oaths. “Obviously you need someone to convey to you to belong to the chosen ones who have the perspective.”
But is there any point in using facts to argue against oaths? Kastner says no. With people who cling to conspiracy theories, any discussion is completely pointless: “You don’t want to compare facts, you want to be right.” The percentage that adheres to completely absurd conspiracy narratives is not high in this country, but is only in the single-digit range, according to the expert.
In its current annual report, the Federal Office for Sectarian Issues provides an overview of coronavirusconspiracy theories and gives tips for dealing with their followers: In personal contact, the Federal Agency advises you to meet those affected with interest, to ask questions rather than to hold monologues and, especially at the beginning, to look for fake news or conspiracy theories to answer with facts. If counter-arguments are rejected from the outset, it is better to rely on questioning the sources of conspiracy theories to restrict. Because if you have developed a “closed worldview”, facts and information will have little effect, they can even be counterproductive because the person digs himself into his defensive stance all the more.