Conspiracy narratives have been prevalent in our society for a long time, but for some time now they have been coming to light with increasing frequency. They receive a particular influx in times of upheaval. This can be both political and societal in origin, or triggered by personal crises such as the loss of a job or loved one.
Conspiracy narratives refer to a wide range of topics and also therefore appeal to very different people from different social and political milieus. For example, supposedly harmless issues of health, environmental protection or criticism of the existing system can play a role.
Threat for togetherness
However, many elements of conspiracy narratives can also be linked to populist or misanthropic ideas. Their adherents then often advocate the use of violence or even actively call for it. Thus, conspiracy narratives increasingly threaten the coexistence in our democratic society.
Conspiracy narratives can also become a burden in the private sphere. Often, conversations revolve only around the conspiracy narratives and the accompanying attempts at missionary work by the person who believes in the conspiracy. This can tear deep rifts in family and personal relationships and make further contact difficult.
In addition, there is the concern for the conspiracybeliever himself, who is often also – especially in the case of personal crises – under enormous psychological stress or in financial distress.