Did you know there are 8 mistakes everyone makes when dealing with conspiracy theorists? Which of these mistakes are you making?

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Episode Summary

Through sharing my journey of breaking free from dangerous conspiracy theories, and featuring guests who have also overcome similar obstacles, I want to shed light on the psychological impact of conspiracy theories and provide tools for loved ones affected by it. 

By listening to Escaping The Rabbit Hole, you can expect emotional and impactful stories from loved ones of conspiracy theorists, conversations with experts in fields related to conspiracy theories, and practical strategies to improve your mental and emotional health.

In this introduction podcast, you'll discover:

  • The three types of guests you'll listen to on this podcast (and what you can expect to gain from listening to them)
  • Fake News should be avoided at all costs, right? WRONG! Discover why you should embrace Fake News.
  • The eight deadly mistakes that will keep a conspiracy theorist coming back to drain you mentally and emotionally

Key Topics

  • The podcast aims to address the negative impact of conspiracy theories on society
  • The three types of guests that will be featured on future episodes of the podcast
  • Future episodes will focus on the emotional journey of family members affected by their conspiracy theory addicted loved ones
  • What are some signs of being in a toxic relationship with a conspiracy theorist?

Quotes We Loved

"The only thing keeping you from improving your mental and emotional health that's been affected by your conspiracy addicted loved one is what I call the Fake News obstacle."

Read podcast transcript

Antonio [00:00:00]:

In this episode of Escaping the Rabbit Hole, we're going to talk about what you can expect to gain from listening to this podcast and the eight signs that you're in a toxic relationship with a conspiracy theorist. Can you guess what the top three signs are? Stay tuned to find out. Welcome to Escaping the Rabbit Hole, hosted by former conspiracy theorist Antonio Perez, author of Converting Theorists. Antonio looks at conspiracy theories from multiple angles, such as how do conspiracy theorists impact their family and friends? How can they escape the grip of conspiracy theories? And why do they fall down the rabbit hole in the first place? You'll discover strategies to set clear boundaries with people stuck in dangerous conspiracy theories and improve your mental well being. Here's your host, Antonio Perez. Are you frustrated by the negative impact of conspiracy theories in society? Hi. I'm former conspiracy theorist Antonio Perez. I love sharing how I became wrapped up in dangerous conspiracy theories and the negative impact they had on myself and my loved ones.

Antonio [00:01:06]:

But I was fed up with the lack of information to help people reduce the negative impact of being constantly bombarded by their conspiracy addicted loved ones. So I created this podcast to show you how to set clear, healthy boundaries with conspiracy theorists and improve your emotional and mental well being. As a result, as soon as I got introduced to Alex Jones in 2001, I hit the ground running and I became entrenched in dangerous conspiracy theories. My depression, my anxiety got way worse than it had ever been. Eventually, I managed to see the light and escape the dangerous world of conspiracy theories, which I'll cover in a future episode about how I managed to pull this off. Long story short, I was a hot mess. Today, it's a complete 360 from where I used to be. As a result, I wrote my first book, Converting Conspiracy Theorists, about how I managed to de radicalize myself.

Antonio [00:01:59]:

I want to invite you to join me on this journey through this podcast as myself and my guests unpack the psychology behind conspiracy theories and the best tools and strategies to help reduce the negative emotional and mental toll your conspiracy theory addicted loved one has had on you. So what can you expect as a listener of Escaping the Rabbit Hole? Let's look at the three types of guests I'll have on the podcast and what you can expect to take away. First up, we'll be speaking with courageous individuals who are once knee deep in the world of conspiracy theories but managed to find their way out. And these individuals are going to share their personal journeys, what caused them to change, and the transformative experiences they went through. We'll look into the emotions, fears, and doubts that they face during their transition from conspiracy theorists to critical thinkers, and this can give you hope that your loved one might eventually see the light. Next up, we'll have the loved ones of conspiracy theorists that have emotional, painful, and often gut wrenching stories to tell. These are people who have witnessed the impact of conspiracy theories on their loved ones. We'll hear their heartfelt stories, the challenges they face in trying to reach their family members, and the toll it took on their relationships and their mental health.

Antonio [00:03:19]:

These conversations are going to shed light on the emotional journey of those affected by conspiracy theories. And lastly, we'll be speaking with a wide range of experts who specialize in various fields related to conspiracy theories. We'll have in depth conversations with therapists, coaches, cultiprogrammers, psychologists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists and more. These experts will share practical strategies to help you improve your mental and emotional health and to help you set some clear, healthy boundaries with your loved ones or caught up in the rabbit hole of dangerous conspiracy theories. Now, the only thing keeping you from improving your mental and emotional health that's been affected by your conspiracy addicted loved one is what I call the Fake News obstacle. I'll describe this briefly. Then in later podcasts, we'll talk about how to overcome these individual struggles. So for the acronym Fake News, f stands for Feeling Trapped in a relationship with a conspiracy Theorist with Nowhere to Go.

Antonio [00:04:20]:

A stands for Anxiety around Things getting worse and Watching them falling deeper into the rabbit Hole. K is Keep trying to save and rescue your loved One. This is where codependency comes into play. E stands for emotionally draining conversations. You and I both know it's mentally and emotionally draining to have a conversation with a conspiracy theorist. Now, for the second part of the acronym News, n stands for no Longer Feeling Loved or Connected to this Person. They might seem like a distant stranger to you, and you might even feel like the person you once knew was gone. E stands for experiencing bigotry and hatred.

Antonio [00:05:00]:

This is a common feature of a lot of conspiracy theorists. W stands for wrestling with persistent doubts and questioning your reality. This is gaslight. And S stands for struggling with setting boundaries. Thank you for listening to the first episode of this podcast. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast, and if you like the feel of it so far, go ahead and share this podcast with your friends. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and I look forward to embarking on this journey with you. Have a nice day.

Antonio [00:05:30]:

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Escaping The Rabbit Hole
Escaping The Rabbit Hole

Former conspiracy theorist, Antonio Perez, discusses how to deal with family and friends that have fallen down the rabbit hole.

About the Author

Antonio Perez, author of Converting Conspiracy Theorists, is a former conspiracy theorist.  He helps friends and family members of conspiracy theorists to improve their mental and emotional health, and to set clear healthy boundaries with their conspiracy theory addicted loved ones.

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