Dr. Phil was able to stretch a rational-sounding woman's belief that she had been married to Tyler Perry for two years into two hours of television last week. The woman had never met the Nigerian scammer and had never even been able to have a Skype or other video chat with him. She even believed the scammer's claim that she had donated her eggs for the purpose of biologically mothering Tyler Perry's son, although she did not recall undergoing any procedure for having her eggs removed. She had sent over $100,000 to "Tyler Perry" via Western Union and Moneygram, including such needs as $500 for "repairs to his private jet" and various charities he requested she donate to.

As much as I hate to use Dr. Phil as an authority on anything, I liked his summation of Confirmation Bias. Whether it's a desperately lonely woman who believes James Kirk Captain of the U.S.S. Zumwalt loves her passionately, or the hordes of "investors" who are clamoring to purchase worthless Tech-Coin from the USI-Tech scammers, we see this every day in every SCAM discussed here on RealScam:

"Perception is reality. If you believe something, it becomes your reality. There is something called confirmation bias and that is: once you believe something, then you start to filter out everything that is contrary to your belief and you cherry-pick only those things that confirm what you already believe.

When people start to show you information contrary to it and force you to look at it, you dig in even deeper. Others would think that ok, they're going to force you to look at it and change your opinion. You dig in even deeper because of something called cognitive dissonance.

It's hard for you to admit that you were wrong. It's a process. It can't happen because the more evidence that we would show you the deeper she would become entrenched, but that will seep in across time"