How is being gullible different than being trusting? We currently live in a society that it is very hard to be trusting of people. It has not been all that long ago that if someone told you something you trusted that they were being honest. Could it be that some of the people we think are gullible are truly just very trusting people?
To be gullible is to be easily cheated or deceived. I have encountered many people who are gullible. My sister is someone who is easily deceived. It can be fun to mislead her, but I worry she may be hurt one day by someone who does not have her best interests at heart.
Many people feed on others gullible and/or trusting natures. All over the news you hear about scams aimed at home owners, the elderly, car buyers, and many others. People are easily conned and pay the consequence for their gullible nature.
To be gullible is to take things for granted. If you take things for granted, you will be duped sooner or later. I believe that those who are gullible must be either foolish or greedy. If you take the case of Malvolio in Shakespeare's comedy, 'Twelfth Night', you will agree with me.Excessive self-importance and self-love made Malvolio so short-sighted, and he was covetous to become Count Malvolio.
Lack of judgement and insight makes appearances seem real. To say that one should not suspect/mistrust another is to go back to the ancient primitive world . Man's faculty of analysis and scrutiny has made man the master of this planet. Gullibility can never be the mark of a true, thoughtful master.
I suspect answering this question may be a gullible thing to do.
Besides which, it was recently announced by the Oxford English Dictionary (the 'home' of the English Language) that 'gullible' is a mis-spelling and the word should only have one 'l'. It should in fact be gulible and in their next edition they will amend this.