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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It is also similar to something called the Barnum Effect or the Forer Effect. That (https://www.britannica.com/topic/Barnum-Effect) phenomenon describes how people see generic personality descriptions as being about them specifically, leading them to believe horoscopes and psychics are accurate.
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.
But readers may be interested to learn of the Forer Effect. In 1948, Betram Forer gave a personality test to his students and followed it with a personality analysis.
Less known topics like geomancy, the forer effect, and Nazca lines are also discussed.