Compliments of The Poss via Flickr

Compliments of The Poss via Flickr

Seltzer defines gullibility as “. . .a person’s susceptibility to getting fooled, tricked, or otherwise manipulated.” Gullibility is contingent, in that its emergence is affected by several conditions - e.g., speaking to someone you’re trying to impress (someone in authority), or an individual with whom you don’t want to admit ignorance. From a personal survival and self-preservation standpoint, believing someone who signs your paycheck is many times in your best interests. Turn the page…

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Compliments of Jason Mrachina via Flickr

Compliments of Jason Mrachina via Flickr

In U.S. culture “rugged individualists” are engaged in a battle against peers, trying to get as much for themselves as they possibly can. The “no guts no glory,” “I want my piece of the pie,” “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” “me first” mentality has resulted in a contentious association between persons. Evidence of this lies in the proliferation of our legal system, in which a sue-happy society has spawned a plethora of commercials that promote the personal benefits of attorneys, including but not limited to maximizing one’s payout.
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