Hello from Ukraine!=) Sorry for my English, google translate is to blame for 80% of my mistakes in the sentences =DDD
Sorry if someone has already discussed this, but still.
Perhaps someone thinks that a true believer, so difficult to change their beliefs, because they are stupid or poorly educated. I seriously doubt that all true believers are stupid or dumb. Recently I read about psychological experiments, and one of them struck me as very appropriate for the explanation of fanatical faith.
It's an experiment called "Learned helplessness" which held the American psychologist Martin Seligman in 1967.
I will give a brief description. I will not go into details. you yourself can easily read the wiki about the experiment completely.
"Learned helplessness is the condition of a human or animal that has learned to behave helplessly, failing to respond even though there are opportunities for it to help itself by avoiding unpleasant circumstances or by gaining positive rewards. Learned helplessness theory is the view that clinical depression and related mental illnesses may result from a perceived absence of control over the outcome of a situationOrganisms that have been ineffective and less sensitive in determining the consequences of their behavior are defined as having acquired Learned Helplessness"
you like this idea?
they are trained to be helpless. because they were forced to think that control over their lives they do not.
And they are so fanatically defended because it is the only thing that they can do on their own.