“A man persuaded against his will is of the same opinion still.”

The amazing James Randi specializes in exposing frauds, fakes, and confidence tricksters. And he’s extremely good at it. In this article he exposes yet another fake psychic — Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium. He also exposed the Israeli scammer Uri Geller. See his Pigasus Awards announcement here.

But this video exposes one of the greatest fakes of all time – preacher Peter Popoff, the so-called “Faith Healer.” Now exposing all this is all good and well, especially homeopathy, but why on earth would the con artist Peter Popoff be able to continue to build his financial television empire on the fears, illnesses, weaknesses, and desperation of vulnerable people? Why do people continue to buy more and more “alternative health” and homeopathy products?

Why do people cling to, even reinforce their delusions? This article explains a lot. “For people who are generally uncertain of their own abilities, or slow to act because of feelings of inadequacy, this kind of thinking can be an antidote, a needed activator,” said Daniel M. Wegner, a professor of psychology at Harvard. T.S. Eliot wrote, “Human kind cannot bear very much reality.” After all, isn’t it easier to hide one’s head in the sand?

Laziness is another reason why people prefer the hell they know to a promised heaven, or why they prefer to rely on magic rather than hard work to accomplish their goals. It’s easier to trust a rabbit’s foot than to do some serious planning and then take personal responsibility for the outcome of your choices. This article, “Delusional People See the World Through Their Mind’s Eye,” also goes a long way to explaining why we cling so tightly to our delusions.

My point? When someone is strongly attached to their delusion, the process of attaining their mental freedom, if ever, can be a long journey. Rational arguments will seldom work.

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com