It is quite evident that very few of us are the same person within a crowd as opposed to who we are in isolation. In point of fact, the psychological term, “Mob mentality” is used to describe the distinct and unforeseen characteristics that arise when people are in exceptionally large groups. It is also referred to as “Herd behavior” or “Crowd hysteria” since in most cases, the behavior of the mass of people is quite violently sociopathic. What’s even more interesting is that the same psychological phenomenon is witnessed amongst other social species as well.
But why do individuals act differently in large groups as opposed to when they are in much smaller ones? Most psychologists believe that when people become a part of a large group, they experience de-individuation or in other terms, a dramatic loss of self-awareness. Furthermore, groups can result in an increase of emotional excitement that causes one to perform actions that one would not have if one were alone. Consider sporting events and concerts; Its highly unlikely that any of those individuals would sing and yell out loud in such a manner if they were all alone. In addition, The larger the group size the more aggressive each individual can be. This is not only due to increased anonymity of each person but also due to the fact that people perceive the violent action as that of the entire group thus failing to perceive any personal responsibility.
The study of group behavior takes into account numerous factors and analyzes situations in order to spot where, when and why things went wrong. Throughout history, we have witnessed innumerable revolutions, protests and numerous other circumstances where herds of human beings perform the most outrageously barbaric actions. In order to prevent them from occurring, Psychologists believe that it is important to study human beings in groups in order to get to the very heart of the conflict.
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