The Barnum Effect


This morning, I woke up with a mood to write. Unfortunately, with no idea of what to write. Logged in to Facebook. And there they were, so many posts about ‘Virgos’. I love reading those. I feel special. And in that curiosity, I googled, ‘how true are the sunsign characteristics’. Yes, exactly this. Then following the latest trend, somewhere, where you get the most satisfying answers,’Quora’ , I came accross a post that mentioned Barnum Effect which is,

The Barnum effect, also called the Forer effect, 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 effect can provide a partial explanation for the widespread acceptance of some beliefs and practices, such as astrology, fortune telling, graphology, aura reading and some types of personality tests.                                                                                    -source: wikipedia (

Still not fully convinced, but to an extent, yes! But won’t stop reading those posts. Who would not like being treated unique though only in their minds..! :p


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