Gullibility


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Gullibility

See also Dupery.
Big Claus
foolishly falls for Little Claus’s falsified get-rich-quick schemes. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
Emperor
orders a new outfit from weavers who claim it will be invisible to anyone unworthy of his position. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
Georgette
Mary Richards’ coworker and Ted Baxter’s wife; epitomizes gullibility. [TV: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in Terrace, II, 70]
Oswald
believes Edmund’s false charges against Edgar. [Br. Lit.: King Lear]
Othello
“thinks men honest that but seem to be so.” [Br. Lit.: Othello]
Peachum, Polly
among others, believes she is Macheath’s wife. [Br. Opera: The Beggar’s Opera]
Quixote, Don
completely taken in by all the tales and plans of his squire and others who humor his delusions. [Span. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]
Simple Simon
credulous booby. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 387]
Tenderfoot
told that cowpunching is a cinch, is badly hurt when he tries it and is tossed. [Am. Balladry: “The Tenderfoot”]
Urfe, Nicholas
trusts in the specious sincerity of the actors in Conchis’s psychological experiments on him. [Br. Lit.: John Fowles The Magus in Weiss, 279]
References in periodicals archive ?
The Forer test (Forer, 1949), or Barnum effect (Meehl, 1956) is often used to illustrate gullibility and ethics (Beins, 1993).
The wise men panel report on this regard is a late wisdom and advanced gullibility and whoever agrees to this proposal has effectively endorsed this late wisdom and hailed this advanced gullibility" the former director general for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Kamil Idris told the Al-Sudani newspaper in an interview.
The Arabs carry on a continuous "war of nerves", cleverly using the press, UN and Western gullibility --or seminal Anti-Seminism--to isolate Israel and weaken it from psychologically from within and without.
Your spotlight article ('The gentle art of fleecing the rich' - African Business, August/September 2009 issue) illustrated that old saying that you should never underestimate people's greed nor their gullibility when huge profits are on offer.
But Doc Hickory knows a cure for gullibility and it begins with a visit to Fibrock, a town full of liars.
The book as a whole, whether you find it believable or not, makes you wonder how such gullibility shapes our understanding of the world.
Greenspan is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado and for the last 10 years studied gullibility.
No, the bank isn't going to replace your money because banks don't insure people against gullibility.
It seems that the only unique characteristic that distinguishes politicians from the rest of us is their gullibility.
Now, having achieved a precarious respite from disaster, Mr Brown and supporters will automatically launch an intensive and cynically motivated public relations programme which, with ruthless concealment of failure, direction of massive amounts of borrowed money into public and welfare services and faith in the gullibility of voters could, they hope, win them another election.
is seized upon to cow a population with fear by governments seeking to expand their powers and businesses itching to profit from Man's gullibility," the book concludes.
Interpersonal trust, trustworthiness, and gullibility.