Barnum effect

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[Psychology] the tendency to accept as true types of information such as character assessments or horoscopes, even when the information is so vague as to be worthless.
– origin named after P. T. Barnum (see Barnum, P. T.); the word Barnum was in use from the mid 19th cent. as a noun in the sense ‘nonsense, humbug’.

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