Emotional Reactivity Reduces Rational Thought, Increases Likelihood Of Being Scammed – Reddit

Scammers prey on your emotions. Emotional reactivity, when it increases (e.g., fear, anxiety, depression) reduces rational thought. It’s an inverse proportion. As emotions increase, rational thought decreases. The scammers know this and they prey upon you to exploit that. Yes, you might be upset, but you will be even more upset when you are in a calm state of mind and realize, “Holy shit, I just sent $2,500 to a bunch of Nigerian scammers.”

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To prevent being scammed or conned requires critical thinking skills, and staying out of both unconscious and conscious fear/anger/rage/panic.

Strong emotions trigger the fight or flight response in the body, which shuts off the critical thinking centers of the brain.

Having critical thinking skills or staying in love and out of strong negative emotions is not enough. Having one without the other is like locking the front door and putting in deadbolts there, but leaving the back door wide open, with a sign outside on the street saying that all contents of the house and bank are available for free, first come, first serve.