Barnum effect

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

After American showman Phineas Taylor Barnum.

Noun[edit]

Barnum effect (plural Barnum effects)

  1. The tendency of individuals to give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people.

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