Explain, why or why not.
Most Helpful Guy
Not at all.
1.) Barnum Effect (personal validation effect): "the tendency to accept certain information as true, such as character assessments or horoscopes, even when the information is so vague as to be worthless." Horoscopes, zodiac sign traits, psychics... all of those things are fake. I can tell someone information that is true to about 80% of the population and make people go "wow, they really understand me." However, all I'd be doing is generalizing info and cleverly wording it in a way to fool the person (all for a pretty penny of course).
Here's a video of it in action:
And here is the text from the "personality examination" in the video. It is a vague description fit into a cleverly worded and seemingly detailed one.
2.) Confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is the tendency to accept the actions that match your theory while ignoring the actions that go against your theory. From a practical standpoint, it is where the stronger a believer is, the more likely they are to accept the true statements a psychic or whoever tells them while ignoring all the false things that were mentioned about them earlier.
The zodiac, fortune tellers, astrologists, and the like actually upset me a bit because I know there are people out there paying top dollar for a total scam. I also know there is probably nothing I can really do to convince many otherwise (probably because of confirmatory bias again).
And, if you think about it logically, it doesn't really make much sense. I think I was born like a few days earlier than expected. My birthdate is January 18th. If I was born on January 20th though, I'd be an Aquarius. So... my personality would have radically changed based on a 2 day difference.
I find that if I tend to disagree with anything though, I always get at least one believer saying something along the lines of "but the fact your doing _____ proves it, because that is a capricorn trait." But, like mentioned earlier, zodiac traits are so vague. I probably fit into a bunch of 'traits,' but if offers no validity. Generalized traits may not be able to be proven false, but they are so vague they are worthless.
The zodiac is impressive in only the sense of a clever criminal-- a scam artist using psychological phenomenon for financial gain. Totally fake though.4