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Sat May 30, 2020, 03:23 AM

19. Herd mentality

Herd mentality, mob mentality and pack mentality, also lesser known as gang mentality, describes how people can be influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors on a largely emotional, rather than rational, basis. When individuals are affected by mob mentality, they may make different decisions than they would have individually.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herd_mentality


Individuals in mobs would not necessarily have engaged in the same acts. But put them in a group or a mob, they tend to assume a life outside their own. That's why police and people not engaging in mob behavior fear them: they are unpredictable, potentially destructive, and can't be easily reasoned with. All you need, as in this case, is one person or a few to do one antisocial act, and the rest of the group/mob follows and even escalates.

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