10-13-11, 04:56 PM #1
What is Mob Mentality?
Just wondering if anyone on Sciforum has had any personal experience with a mob. I remember back in school, being picked on could seem like you were on the wrong side of a mob. If it wasn't you on the wrong side, it was hard not to have feelings of being thankful. But rather than risk getting on the wrong side of the mob, even if you thought it was wrong you did nothing to help the picked on person for fear of finding yourself on the wrong side.
The term “mob mentality” is used to refer to unique behavioral characteristics which emerge when people are in large groups. It is sometimes used disparagingly, as the term “mob” typically conjures up an image of a disorganized, aggressive, panicked group of people. Social psychologists who study group behavior tend to prefer terms like “herd behavior” or “crowd hysteria.” The study of mob mentality is quite fascinating, and it is used to analyze situations which range from evacuations gone awry to the moment when demonstrations turn violent.
The larger study of herd behavior considers groups of all animals, not just humans. People have been observing group behavior of flocks, herds, gaggles, pods, kindles, and other assortments of animals for thousands of years, but it was not until the early twentieth century that observers started applying scientific theories about crowd behavior to humans. Several books published in the teens discussed mob mentality, along with various ways to combat it.
When used in a pejorative sense, the term implies a group of people which has gotten out of control. For example, in a news story about a store sale at which people were trampled, the journalist might use “mob mentality” to describe the selfish behavior of the people who attended the sale. Such stories illustrate the desperate actions which people will involve themselves in during a period of resource competition; people may mob trucks with relief supplies, trample each other at big box stores, or riot in the streets in response to resource scarcity or a perceived scarcity.
However, “mob mentality” is about more than just crowds which have gotten out of control. The field of psychology is very interested in the ways in which human behavior change in response to new social situations. People behave very differently in small groups of individuals than they do in big crowds, for example, and their behavior in crowds is affected by a wide variety of factors.
The study of group behavior can analyze situations to see where, when, and why they went wrong. Stock market crashes, for example, can be precipitated by mob mentality, as people start to panic in response to fluctuating markets. The evacuation of the Titanic, in which a small fraction of the available lifeboat space was utilized, is another great example of mob mentality, illustrating the need for organized evacuation plans and drills so that people know what to do in an emergency.
The study of crowds has also been used to study grim topics like the rise of antisemitism in Germany under Hitler, the riots between Muslims and Hindus which broke out when India was partitioned, and the genocide which took place in Rwanda in 1994. Psychologists hope that by studying mob mentality and crowd behavior, they can prevent such events from recurring.
10-13-11, 05:02 PM #2
How about High School pep rallies? I hated those things and ended up being one of a handful of people who chose to sit in the office instead chanting encouragement for a sporting event I knew nothing about, or cared about. They scared me a little too, it's like mind control.
10-13-11, 05:16 PM #3
i been on the wrong side of the mob like for ever . I don't know why . I think it is the mob and not me . I try to conform. It just comes out backwards . So I was the kid that stood up for the kid . My success was not good . Yeah I been kicked to the dirt before . It don't feel good at all but hey whatja gonna do conform ? I try ! I want to be one of them . Excepted by humanity . Sometimes I think it is because I am not mean enough ? If I was meaner and fuck people over more I would fit in better with my peers . Hell I would probably have all the money and I could burn yours like old "Sorrows" that chicken fucker who short sells the world . You know my competition to rule the world . Spidey knows his real name . I don't know how to spell it . You know whats is called "Hedge Funds" I heard Him say it < I am God ! I can destroy you if you don't like it, Why do I do it , Because I can and that is why I am God . Fuck is that what you all want . O.K. then 1 That says a lot about humanity
10-13-11, 05:36 PM #4
You need to learn mind control Spidey . You would not believe the power of it all . How to tell you the thrill of haunting peoples dreams . You would love it Spidey . You got just the right personality to be successful at it too . Must be the Artist in you screaming to get out and ravish the world . You got all the tools . Make a big splash Spidey . Yeah we like big splashes . When it splashes on people laying on there towels at the beach we like that even more . It is the shock on there face that gets us . Wakey Wakey Bakey Bakey We like that . It is like watching a fight . The crowd gathers to see the fight . I tell you what it was the Egyptians when chaos started and the people were grouped up by community I imagine and fights broke out . It was like a wave the way they ran at each other and then drew back . It was very strange to get to see human interaction like that. The thing is if we were they and that was our culture we would have done the same thing as they did . Does anyone understand that ? You would have been right in there more than likely . Spidey might have gone to visit his Mother instead . Me and Spidey we might of gone and visited his Mother! instead Course she might kick Me to the dirt but what the hey better than an angry Mob kicking you to the dirt. I would take a Momma beating any day over the Mob . If I could trade a Mob beating for a Momma Beat just imagine !!! ??
10-13-11, 05:41 PM #5
10-13-11, 05:57 PM #6
I did go to a NORML rally once, that was kind of cool. Someone lit up and the police went to arrest him but the crowd surrounded them and they backed off.
10-13-11, 06:13 PM #7
see that is what I am talking about Spidey Engaging with your peers . It is a good thing . Finding like minded is the hard part
10-13-11, 06:19 PM #8
10-13-11, 06:20 PM #9
Mob mentality is when a group of people began to lose their individuality and become cogs in the machinery of a larger entity called the mob.
A good analogy involves cells. Single cells are individuals that can act on their own, independantly. But when many many cells become part of a multicellular organism, they all become smaller parts of a larger whole, with this larger whole similar to a larger animal with its own type of individuality. When the larger integrated animal barks, all its single cells contribute to the effect. The cogs in the machine will have to lose their individuality and become more unconscious for this to work.
In sports, the emotions of the fans will rise and fall in unison, like a giant organism. Once this organism comes to a focus, mob mentality makes each person a cell in this multicellular organism. You may feel impelled to rise up in the wave. Like the human body, all the cells do not have to do the same thing, but all the actions, together will work in an integrated way. Some may cheer, some may fight, etc. but they work as a whole like a single animal.
10-13-11, 07:40 PM #10
Deindividuation is a concept in social psychology regarding the loosening of social norms in groups.
Protests get rather weird for other people, they kind of do things they would not do on their own...the one I went to that subsequently got whomped on by police (and they obviously planned to whomp on us in retrospect, they led us into a dead end and waited for it to get dark) I doubt most of those people would have ordinarily set police barricades on fire...
...I am depersonalized.
This has the interesting effect that I never think of myself as a genuine part of any group. I may be working alongside the actual members.
But I never feel a sense of unity with anyone. Friends, family, political groups...my partner.
So I never lose that sense of unique culpability-good thing.
I'd like y'all to take a look at the wiki on this classic study:
Anonymity=disinhibition...and we're on the internet, where otherwise nice folks may be seen to behave like poo-flinging monkeys... It's a giant practical lab for group behavior...
Porn and cats. And the badgerbadgerbadger song... people are weird.
Last edited by chimpkin; 10-13-11 at 08:27 PM.
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