mentality of groups

Brazil
January 25, 2011 4:56pm CST
Why when the people are in the group take a more aggressive stance? They have a kind of behavior that they dont have if they were alone. As far the mentality of group influences young people?
5 responses
• Canada
25 Jan 11
In a large enough group, you no longer have an individual identity. You are simply "one of the group." This is known as "mob mentality." If you are in a large enough group you are less likely to be individually held responsible for your actions, so the threat of consequences decreases and your likelihood of doing something aggressive or stupid increases. There is power and safety in groups that makes a person feel invincible. Also, people are strongly influenced by peer pressure.
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• Brazil
26 Jan 11
Yes. i already know this thesis. The groups are generally more dangerous because the people looking for a group feels that impunity is ally. It is a pity that this happens.
@slayer23 (35)
• Philippines
26 Jan 11
it is not only on young people, but it is true to all humans. "Their is power in number" When you are in a group, it gives you a feeling of security and confidence. It gives you the feeling that you are not alone. I think it is human nature that is at work.
• Brazil
26 Jan 11
If it was so normal, the history of mankind would not have heroes who have. I agree that as a group we feel are protected, impunished and more: HIDDEN. As hidden when you do something wrong and hides to not to be found. This behavior is well on children who are not yed formed. In humans who claim to be adults, it is only prrof of cowardice.
• Brazil
26 Jan 11
* proof
@EdnaReyes (2628)
• Philippines
28 Jan 11
I think this is what we called self assurance. One can get boosted when he knows he's in a company or group that will protect him. This is one of human defenses and needs. We need to belong, to have group for self esteem and assurance. This is one of human's need that must be met, lack of this will have psychological effect on one's personality. But this is also being abuse, but isn't it all things are bound to be abused?
• Brazil
29 Jan 11
Yeap... Being in a group gives us sense of protection. The bible says: " tell me who are your friends and I 'll tell you who you are.". It's logical that could happen a good guy to be friend of a bad boy... but if he is not a coward, he will disagree with the behavior of the majority, if this behavior is contrary to what he considers right. We live in community butthis does not oblige us to be slaves to it.
• United States
26 Jan 11
Groups usually center around two or more like minded people. This like mindedness can be reflected from abusive behaviors or from bullying type behaviors instilling fear or it could be reflected from perceived intellectual superiority or emotional stability. Groups spiral outward almost like the proverbial pebble dropped into a pool...the rings becoming less and less concentrated. Those near the center of the group radiate the emotional status of the center outward and like the rings from the pebble that radiating emotional status gets weaker and weaker farther and farther out. The aggressiveness comes from a perceived threat against the group, be that threat additions to the group or a shift in the center moving the comfort level of the members of the group. Acceptance is important to humans, being a member of a group is a strong form of acceptance, so mirroring the attitudes and goals of the group is an important part of maintaining that acceptance. If one were to observe their own behaviors when with a group of friends, one would find that they would also be experiencing more tendency to agree with the group rather than assert their own views. Acceptance is so very important to us that we are willing to forgo our individuality to an extent and become part of a group.
• Brazil
26 Jan 11
The acceptance is especially important in adolescence. Nobody does what he thinks wrong if already have good training and courage. To err is human but there are errors that are more serious and if the person is not a coward with no personality , certainly the person dont hurt anybody. As much as we all want to be accepted if we have the courage we dont harm to others for fear of dissent from the majority. This is to have personality and courage.. so... when several unite with others to commit violence is a sign they are cowards who have no courage to do something and take the consequences.
@e_mendo2 (128)
• United States
25 Jan 11
I think it has something to do with an ego factor, perhaps they act this way simply because this is how they feel they want to portray themselves. Being a college student myself I see a lot of people who while in a group are more attention demanding, but when they are alone they are way different.
• Brazil
26 Jan 11
may be.. but i think it's cowardice appers when there is a group that can sustain . they know that if they fail, they will have support of others.. and it is cowardice , not it?