London, after Riots

Deindividuation: The loosening of normal constraints on behavior when people can't be identified (such as when they are in a crowd), leading to an increase in impulsive and deviant acts

What is it about deindividuation that leads people into impulsive acts? Deindividuation makes people feel less accountable for their actions because it is unlikely  an individual will be singled out or blamed. Deindividuation also causes individuals to adhere more closely to the social norms of that group, which is especially bad if the group is a violent one.

Recent examples of deindividuation causing deviant behavior is the riots that occurred in Canada, London, and the UK. In this following video there is a student who has been beaten and is injured on the side of the road. He is helped up and mugged by another stranger. This type of action would not happen if the mugger knew he could be identified.

Deindividuation on the internet. The anonymity provided by the internet allows individuals to say (or do) things that they would not otherwise do if they could be identified.
I'm finally done with my University classes for the summer! Expect more posts coming up soon.


43 responses to "Deindividuation , Getting Lost in the Crowd (Social Psychology)"

  1. I knew this was a thing, but I didn't know the specific word for it. When people can't be identified, or at least think they can't or won't, what they can and will do dramatically. Often not for the better really. Not everyone becomes Batman. The riots and the internet are pretty good examples of it in action.

  2. That's pretty interesting. Hmm...

  3. wow thats a nice thing to know, and helps to understand some social patterns...great blog!

  4. Yep, that's the internet.

  5. The temptation is just too much for some people when they know they probably won't get caught.

  6. In Helicanus may you well descry Following!

  7. The power of the crowds...

  8. kid got his psp jacked!

  9. sounds familiar. I like what I'm learning that's for sure

  10. Extremely interesting post. Some cool stuff on this blog, so I'm going to have to follow. Psychology's an avid part time interest for me.

  11. I'm guessing that none of us is as bad as all of us. :S
    Following, mate; your blog is an interesting read. :)

  12. I think its just people doing what they wished they could always get away with, but were too scared to do it on their own.

  13. Yep, we learn about this concept a lot in psychology. People feel less responsible for their actions thus allowing them to act more freely.

  14. Wow...Riots are bad!

  15. It makes you think if this causes someone to be more honest to their true intentions, or increasingly more influenced by their newly conformed temporary social situation.

  16. i love this stuff-poeple are just like lab rats, or is it the other way around?

  17. i saw this man, stuff aint right

  18. I want to travel to London.

  19. those guys in the video are so fucked up

  20. its sad to still see things like this today

  21. yeah... this is true, good post :)

  22. wow messed up vid

  23. I live in Vancouver and I was there when the riot occurred. People just went nuts since the police weren't around for atleast an hour.

  24. wow all this evil needs to stop

  25. Haha, that's great!

  26. this is a great post :D followed

  27. Nice blog.

  28. great post

  29. Go into an apple store and you will see the same thing.

  30. Interesting blog you got here! +followed

  31. this really is a problem nowdaysthis really is a problem nowdays

  32. Interesting Post, and those guys in that video are are fucked up. Shows what the worlds coming to

  33. there was an article in on the bbc news website today that spoke about why trolling happens on the internet. It was similarly about Deindividuation though they didnt use that term. Check it out!

    Nice blog

  34. Luckily I don't really have to deal with this, living out in the country, lol.

  35. true, but despite deindividuation, behavior is also restricted by other factors like social norms. The bystander effect also plays into situations like the one you mentioned.
    anyways, great post! looking forward to hearing more!

  36. But the anonymity allows people to be what they really wanted to be.

  37. Interesting stuff!

  38. interesting! ^_^
    that means? another blog to read everyday (for me)

  39. anyway, Idk how to follow you. guess I will just add you on BR so I can check it out anytime :D

  40. Safety through anonymity.

  41. Your blog is very interesting. I love psychology. Thanks for the post about individualization. Kierkegaard was all for this.

  42. That's interesting... But the video is kind of hardcore :p

  43. > The anonymity provided by the internet allows individuals to say (or do) things that they would not otherwise do if they could be identified.

    And that's a good thing - there are truths that are socially unacceptable to talk about (like racial IQ differences, the harmful effects of diversity and mass immigration of Mexican peasants) that it's important to keep people aware of, against the systemic active denial. Our current crazy 'equality of outcome' expectations and legal requirements are crazy and expensive. Important, because we're going to have to accept it one of these days.

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