People steadfastly believe rumors about other people, but they’re quick to recognize how inaccurate rumors are when they’re about themselves.

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Can confirm. My stalker gets believed without a shred of evidence, even when it’s something clearly fake that some of them were present for when it didn’t actually happen.


Similarly, when I see a news story about something I understand really well, like relating to my career, I see how confused, misleading and superficial it is. But I tend to assume that the news stories about things I don’t understand are accurate.


It’s because we know our current selves better than anyone else.


People typically believe the first story they heard, so naturally when they were involved that first story is their own.


It would be weird for someone to not know themself well enough that they believe a rumor about themself. It’s very obvious that we know more about ourselves than we do others.