Forer Effect


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The observation that people give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that are said to have been tailored specifically for them, but which are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. The Forer effect partially explains the widespread acceptance of astrology, fortune telling, and some types of personality tests
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Less known topics like geomancy, the forer effect, and Nazca lines are also discussed.
Later in the week, in class, the 'truth' was revealed and the Forer effect was discussed.
There must be concern that something analogous to the Forer effect operates in relation to this thesis.