Top Secret UFO Projects on Netflix: Why are people obsessed with conspiracy theories?

Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified is a docu-series that has been dropped on Netflix today, Tuesday, August 3. The six-part series delves into various claims of people who have seen and been in contact with aliens as well as those who believe governments are misleading the general public. But what is it that makes people get so invested in such theories?

Why do people obsess over conspiracy theories? 

The Netflix synopsis for the show says it will feature: “The most recent information and proof exposing the most top-secret government projects that handled contact with and cover-ups of, extraterrestrial presence on Earth.

“Though claims of extraterrestrial encounters have long been dismissed, many believe the existence of UFOs is not just likely, but a certainty.”

Each episode is going to focus on a different theory, the first being Project Blue Book which is meant to be a record and analysis of UFO observations.

As well as this, there will be an instalment dedicated to the theory that the USA Army has physical evidence of an alien spacecraft.

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Top Secret UFO Projects is also going to “prove” that sightings of alien life have been talked about by the governments in the UK, United States and the former Soviet Union since the end of the Second World War.

In the past decade, there has been a rise in the interest in Extraterrestrial life and so more conspiracy theories have developed.

They don’t just revolve around alien life either with many believed concerning climate change, the Earth being flat and most recently the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to, psychotherapist and life coach Andre Radmall explained his views on those who live by such theories.

Dr Radmall says that those who have been “let down by life” are more likely to hold on to such ideas.

He explained: “We live in a world of anxiety, fear and disruption.

“The world is unstable and so perhaps it is not surprising that some people look for unseen forces that might be pulling the strings behind the scenes. A kind of Wizard of Oz.

“These people hope there is a conspiracy, because at least then someone has a plan.

“For them, a conspiracy theory can be a convenient hook upon which to hang their anxiety.

“Psychologically we all tend to want an explanation, a cause for our sense of unease and stress.

“However, this crystallisation of fears and anxieties into a conspiracy story can be both addictive, compelling and hard to give up.

“If someone has been disillusioned and let down by life, if they find themselves disappointed and alone, they may be more likely to become dependent on conspiracy theory. It offers meaning and purpose in a world that often seems chaotic.”

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Furthermore, senior lecturer in psychology at Northumbria University Dr Daniel Jolley talked of how those following such ideas can make people feel “unique”.

“These theories are entertaining – they are interesting, novel and attention-grabbing, which is enticing.

“They can make the every day appear more exciting.

“What hidden worlds exist that the government is hiding? It turns every day into a sci-fi film.

“However, they can influence people in significant ways – exposure to conspiracy theories can change the way we think and behave.

“One conspiracy belief feeds into another – UFO cover-ups to deny the existence of climate change.

“Conspiracy beliefs merge because both assume a secret group is covering up information for their self-interest. A distrust is developed, where an overriding suspicion is asserted.”

According to Dr Jolley, such theories could be “detrimental to individuals and society” as once they have formed, they are difficult to “debunk”.

Top Secret UFO Projects Declassified is a six-part series that will put various theories and claimed sight-seeings under a microscope.

Netflix states: “Though claims of extraterrestrial encounters have long been dismissed, many believe the existence of UFOs is not just likely, but a certainty.”

Top Secret UFO Projects Declassified is available to watch on Netflix.

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