Horoscopes are a personal forecast of your life based on the zodiac sign you fall under according to the studies of astrology. While not scientifically proven, the study of astrology has only grown in popularity over the years and now holds a significant place in a majority of newspapers and magazines, as well as a huge following on the internet. While there are believers and non-believers across the world, scientists have found that reading your horoscope can vastly improve your life.
Netflix’s “Astrology, Explained” reveals how through the placebo effect, the positive outlook people get by reading a horoscope can lead them to being more successful.
Studies have found that this “positive outlook” you get from the astrological predictions can “make you perform better on congestive and creative tests”.
Professor of Psychology Stuart Vyse said: “The reason why people see themselves so easily in their horoscope is because the person wants to see themselves in it.
“The person becomes an accomplice in the project of fitting themselves into the horoscope.”
Placebo effect aside, there is also another psychological effect – the Barnum effect – which causes horoscopes to have an effect on someone’s attitude towards their own life.
The Barnum effect, named after circus showman P.T. Barnum, is based on a study in which 39 college students were given personality profiles and were told that they were based on a psychological exam.
What they didn’t know was that all these personality profiles were identical.
The results showed that all but one of the students said the traits in the personality profile described them.
Therefore, when someone reads a positive horoscope on their star sign, they relate it to themselves and project that attitude in their personal and professional lives.