What is deindividuation? Briefly describe its causes and effects.
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Deindividuation is a process through which an individual loses a sense of self, or identity and becomes a part of a larger group. Every person has a sense of identity, who they are, and what they stand for. Very often people are very different from each other, everyone thinking differently. With an identity, there comes a feeling of more personal/individual responsibity. Being an individual also helps create variety between people and it makes it easier to decide how one will deal/relate to others. Deindividuation means something completely opposite from having self-identity. When a person joins a larger group, they very often lose that feeling of being solely themselves. Examples of groups can include army, gangs, different clubs. In a situation like this, an individual doesnt care as much about their own identity, and becomes one with the rest of the larger group. There is a sense of shared responsibility, belonging to something bigger and more important when deindividuation happens. One of the effects of this phenomenon is that very often people will do things as a group that they would never do alone, including negative actions, like crime.
Deindividuation it is a loss in which an individual experience or an individual looses his or her identity to the group they join to become a member. social identity is lost to a group. When this group expresses its opinion or argue it always expressed as if two individuals are the ones expressing an opinion or arguing, that is a group takes place of a person. A person who loses identity to the group gets some satisfaction of safety and anonymity, diffuse of responsibility, that is, no one takes responsibility for that action. The effect is that one cannot reason out to get detached from what is morally wrong, something they knew to be wrong before they joined the group, they will participate in doing it without any problem, detached from individual reality because the feeling of minimal shared responsibilities with in the group. Sometimes the violent and impulsive behavior of the individual in large crowds and mobs activities are often present for example Soccer hooliganism mostly in Europe when major Soccer team are playing each other where supporters from the other team often fight each other and once fight breaks, all other properties and public properties are often destroyed. Cause is often influence of the actions that the group do that influents new members and common goal or hobby like in this case love for Soccer sport or outdoor activities though it is not only limited to outdoors groups.
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Deindividuation is a psychological state of decreased self awareness and self accountability. It is completely responsive to a group’s character that is out of the individual’s mind. The theory of deindividuation seeks to explain the violent and impulsive behavior of the individual in large crowds, or mobs. People that are in crowd situations act impulsive, irrational, and antisocial. Deindividuation makes people feel less accountable for their actions because it is unlikely an individual will be singled out or blamed, and hinders reflection about the consequences of actions. The reason a group of people will engage in a violent act such as rioting and looting is because people acting in a group tend to loose their self awareness when in a group. It causes individuals to adhere more closely to the social norms of that group, which is especially bad if the group is a violent one. Social psychologists describe that anonymity is the key element in the effects of deindividuation. The presence of a large number of people diffuses the responsibility among the members of the group, thus reducing the accountability of individuals for their actions. When an individual is placed in a crowd, the unconscious mind of each individual emerges and creates a “collective mind” that is primitive in nature, causing uninhibited behavior. This is why in military minds; there is a collective mind with a collective goal (going along with the group) that looses self awareness of individual’s action.
Deindividuation is a process in which we as individuals lose ourselves due to groups. When high levels of social arousal combine with diffused responsibility, many people abandon their normal restraints and lose their sense of individuality. Deindividuation is likely to occur when people are in a large group, physically anonymous, and are aroused and distracted. Deindividuation can result in the resulting diminished self awareness / self restraint tend to increase people's responsiveness to immediate a immediate situation, negative or positive. Deindividuation is less likely when self awareness is high as well.
People tend to lose themselves in a group because they get provoked by the power in group. Groups tend to generally cause a sense of excitement, of being caught up in something bigger than one's self. In group situations people are likely to abandon normal restraints to lose their sense of individuality identity to become responsive to group activities or crowd norms. A group has the power to arouse members but to also render them unidentifiable.
The fact that " everyone's doing it " can attribute to a person's behavior to a situation rather than their own personal choices.
Deindividuation is when one becomes so intertwined or involved with a group that he or she loses his or her sense of self. This is when a person conforms to a group and they adopt the group’s norms and morals. This is more likely to happen in larger groups. People believe that since everyone around them is doing something, it is automatically acceptable. They do what the group wants instead of deciding what to do themselves.Possible effects of deindividuation are physical anonymity, diminished self-awareness, and distracting activities. Physical anonymity is when a person does something because they seem to be anonymous, especially since they seem to only be a part of a group. One is more likely to do something wrong when a group does it, not when he or she can be singled out. Distracting activities are when people act in reaction to a situation. This is when people do things because the group wants to, not because it is a reflection of his or her morals. Diminished self-awareness is when people ultimately lose their sense of self and become more in tuned with a group. This is when people react in the way that the group he or she belongs to would react as opposed to how he or she normally would.
Deindividuation is the loss of self-awareness and evaluation apprehension in a group. It only occurs in group situations that foster responsiveness to group norms, good or bad. An individual is made up of his or her own identity, and sometimes it is possible for it to be take away because the influence of others in one’s group. In the text it explains, Larger the group the more its members lose self-awareness and become willing to commit offenses. The cause is a group and the effect is what a group can make individuals do or commit. It is the “everyone’s doing it” attitude that our parents warn us about. They contribute their behavior to the situation rather than to their own choices. Another cause is physical anonymity, when one is being anonymous, an individual makes one less self-conscious, more groups conscious, and more responsive to cue present in the situation, negative or positive. When a group does activities, they are acting in some kind of impulsive manner because the influence of others and not paying attention to our own self beings and our own values. Another cause for deindividuation is diffused responsibility. When you are in a group, you may feel a shared responsibility and so less individual responsibility for your actions. In this way a morally questionable act may seem less personally wrong. You may also feel a strong need to conform to social norms.
Deindividuation is the loss of self-awareness and evaluation apprehension. It usually occurs in group, not individual, situations and increases the chances of responses to social and group norms whether they be for good or bad. A common example of deindividuation occurs at sporting events. There are thousands among the crowds standing and cheering in the stands. You can yell, scream, within the safety of being in the crowd. When in a large crowd they often follow along regardless of what they would normally had they been by themselves and not in a large group. Deindividuation creates a diminished self-awareness as a result. People who are part of groups tend to loose self control and are more likely to act without consulting their values and morals. As described in the textbook self awareness and deindividuation are opposites. When we have high self awareness we act true to our beliefs and strive to act proper. When we know people are observing us we are often on our best behavior. This can occur in school when teachers are watching us, or at the workplace. Overall deindividuation is not a desirable situation. It can lead to rioting and a loss of a sense of responsibility among crowd members. People who may usually act normal may change drastically when in group settings.
Deindividuation can be defined as the loss of self awareness and of the individual’s accountability in a group. That is, one forgets what their values are and also loses one's sense of self and identity. This is contradictory to the belief that one is separate from others and is a unique individual. In a situation of deindividuation, one conforms to the thinking of their respective group and loses sight of their own values. This is dangerous because, they do what the group wants/does instead of deciding what to do for their own good. Possible effects of deindividuation are physical anonymity, diminished self-awareness, and distracting activities. Anonymity is a situation where due to membership within a crowd, one may become anonymous; the attention may be shifted from the self to the more stimulating and outgoing members. Dimished self-awareness is where one loses their sense of self. Distracting activities is where members of that group react to different situations, even if the situation is against their own morals and values. An example of this would be an event during World War II called the Holocaust, where German Nazi Soldiers invaded Poland and began to slay all of the Jews. Even though not all of the Nazi soldiers may have agreed morally to do this task, they all went along anyway, “everyone else is doing it”.
Deindividuation is when someone losses their sense of who they are and become just another member of the crowd. This may happen when you are in a group of people and you feel the pressure to conform to their views and follow what they feel is right so you feel as if you belong. When something like this happens you may feel like you are going against what you feel is right just to fit into the group or to feel as if you are at the same status that they are at. Deindivduation means that you loss your self-identity and you gain one that is of the group you are trying to fitting into. This can happen when you join a club or a group in school, and can even happen if you get a new job and want to fit in their or if you join the army. You take on the identity that would work best in those situations and in turn can lose your own self-identity for the new one. When we take on this new self-identity we can still see signs of the old identity and the new one mixing together to create your new identity.
When someone is in a group situation, they tend to become responsive to the group they are in and the crowd’s norms, this is labeled as deindividuation. As defined in the book deindividuation is the loss of self awareness and evaluation apprehension occurs in group situations that foster responsiveness to group norms, good or bad. One cause of this is group size. Group size arouses its members but also makes one unidentifiable. The effect of this is someone losing their self awareness and following everyone’s social norms. For example when someone is a part of a mob, such as the lynch mob they lose their self awareness and become more willing to do something’s. The larger the group the more one can blame their behavior on the groups choices or situation, rather than blaming themselves. In such situation those people who blame the situation rather than themselves may something like “everyone is doing it”. Some other causes of deindividuation are physical anonymity, arousing and distracting activities .The book gives the example for physical anonymity as Zimbardo’s deindividuation research study where anonymous women gave more shocks than the women who were identifiable. An example of arousing or distracting activities could be group shouting or chanting to reduce self consciousness.
Deindividuation is the loss of self-awareness that happens when people are in group situations. This loss of self-awareness occurs when that person has a responsiveness to group norms either good or bad. Deindividuation simply broken down is the loss or the persons own views, goals or morals to focus more on the group itself. Deindividiuation has many causes and effects. Some of the causes are the size of the group, distracting activities and diminished self-awareness. In group size the larger the group the more willing the members of that group tend to willingly commit atrocities. This can cause the ‘everybody is doing it” attitude which makes members to the group justify their action whether they are good or bad. For distracting activities people tend to think in an impulsive way and not so much ‘go with their gut’ if they feel like a situation is wrong. In this sense the impulsiveness of the group attracts our attention. When diminished self-awareness comes into play this tends to increase the persons responsiveness to an immediate situation, either positive or negative. This self-awareness, or lack there of, can have a negative effect on the group if the result of the group activity is turning out to be negative but nobody in the group sees this negative effect coming until it is to late.
Deindividuation is the loss of self-awareness and evaluation and evaluation apprehension. Deindividuation occurs in groups and goes along with the norms of the group. The lead person will usually be the dominant type, one who exhibits leadership characteristics, good or bad. An example of deindividuation being used negatively is Nazi Germany during World War II. Hitler deindividuated the people of Germany and ordered the extermination of all Jews. Even if the soldiers thought or knew it was wrong, or didn’t want to commit the heinous acts, but they committed them anyway. They basically “went along with what the crowd was doing.” If one person is doing something in a crowd the effect is minimized on that person. Since there are so many other people going along with the group, an individual tends to deflect responsibility or take less of it. An example is rioting after a sporting event. People tip cars and burn fires. If they were alone or with a smaller group of people, chances are they would not behave in such a way. This also has to do with anonymity. If a person knows that the spotlight is not on them, they will tend to do more. Chances are, if the person is doing something wrong, they will not get caught as easily as if there were less people.
According to Myers, deindividuation “is the loss of self-awareness and evaluation apprehension; occurs in groups’ situation that foster responsiveness to group norms, good or bad” (277). Deindividuation is cause by two factors. The first factor is the group size. The larger the group is the more members will act alike in a given situation. People can easily loss their identity when they are in a group. Groups’ size takes away our conscious of self-responsibility and it controls our behaviors. Anonymity is the second factor that causes deindividuation. Anonymity reveals our true personalities in a given situation. People play by the rules of a group when they are anonymous. We become less responsible and conscious of our action because we are identify as a group, not as individual. Secondly, the effects of deindividuation sometime take away our sense of self-awareness and increase our obligation to a group. Our self-awareness becomes diminish because we act without thinking about our actions and its consequence. For example, a group of drivers blowing their car horns in traffic without a given reason or because one driver in that group started it. Also our obligations to groups become mandatory with deindividuation. People in a group are most likely to get in a fight as a group or for a group member, than when they are not in a group or crowd.
Deindividuation is the process in which people experience a loss of self-awareness. It is a loss of individuality and personal responsibility and it occurs in group situations. If you have ever been in a group and realized you weren’t acting yourself or you felt as though you were acting out of character you have experienced deindividuation. I think of teenagers in situations where they “dare” one another to do things, it seems as though the larger the group, the more likely they are going to perform the dare so they fit in. Many people experience a loss of self a lapse in judgment of their own identity to accommodate to the wants and needs of a group. Our society is very focused on the social norms and being accepted. Some may also feel inferior in a group and can’t freely express their thoughts and ideas because they feel as though their opinion is not wanted. An individual will start to lose their sense of self and succumb to the power of the group. It becomes more of a “we” way of thinking as opposed to “I.” Many people who change their identity in a group setting, usually are the type of people that become more confident in a group and do things they would normally not when they are by themselves.
Deindividuation is when a person loses their sense of identity or distinctiveness due to a group setting that pressures everyone to become one. This phenomenon is seen in Catholic schools where all students are required to wear the same uniforms, go to the same church, and follow the same group norm without question. It is also seen in the military where it is vital for an entire troop to feel, act, and respond together as if they were all the same person. Deindividuation is done by stripping a person of his or her uniqueness. This can be done simply by taking away their right to choose clothing or even taking away a person’s name and replacing it with a number. Being a part of a group may make people feel anonymous. This leads to the “everyone’s doing it” attitude and can also lead to committing crimes one may never have done alone. This can be exemplified in the Penn State Riots a couple years ago. After the sexual abuse scandal and the consequential firing of a beloved coach, hundreds of Penn State students rioted throughout the city, striking, yelling, flipping over cars, and causing havoc. They believed themselves to be part of the group “Penn State” and since there were so many of them, students did not feel individually responsible for the destruction. This is called, diffused or shared responsibility where no one feels the sting of their conscious for doing something wrong because other people were doing it too. The students felt a sense of anonymity and therefore less conscious of their actions, and yet, more confident behind the mask of hundreds of other people. It is easier to conform to a group and do as others do rather than think for oneself when one’s individuality is taken away.
In group situations people are more likely to abandon normal restraints, forget their individual identity and become responsive to group or crowd norms and become deindividuated. Deindividuation is a loss of self awareness and evaluation apprehension; occurs in group situations that foster responsiveness to group norms, good or bad. Group size is one contributing factor. A group has the power to not only arouse its members but also to render them unidentifiable. Evaluation apprehension plummets; people’s attention is focused on the situation, not on self. Anonymity is another factor. It seems that anonymity feeds incivility. Being anonymous makes one less self-conscious, more group conscious and more responsive to cues present in the situation whether negative or positive. Another factor is arousal and distracting activities. Aggressive outbursts by large groups are often preceded by minor actions that arouse and divert people’s attention. There is a self-reinforcing pleasure in acting impulsively while observing others doing likewise. When we see others act as we are acting we think they feel as we do, which reinforces our own feelings. Impulsive group action absorbs our attention. At other times we seek deindividuating group experiences where we can enjoy intense positive feelings and closeness to others. Deindividuation is less likely when self-awareness is high.
The terms of deindividuation apply to a person who tends to lose their own self-awareness or self-identity when they are belonging into group. The characteristics of a person in groups are more likely to be anonymous and less individual. Depends on the size of group, people more likely to become deindividuated. The people in a larger group more focus on the situation that they are response to behave as a group rather than individual situation. They act because other people in group do. For example, the people in North Korea, they praise their dictator and obey whatever he says. They usually do not have their opinion or freedom. The male who are the age above 18 years old in North Korea, they also require to serve in military whether they like it or dislike it. Working as a group or being in a group is one of the easy way or the fast way to accomplish some work. However, if we focus on the life of individual person in the group, it does not seem right. Deindividuation gives a lot of negative effect to people who are in large group. They diminished their self-awareness. They diffuse their responsibility to groups whereas they could increase their responsibility and ability to accomplish of work when they work in their own.
Deindividuation is a process in which we as individuals lose ourselves due to a group or groups. In other words deindividuation is when a person losses themselves to look better in front of others. Because it is human to only be a part of something we sometimes brake norms and lose some of our sense of individually. This can happen in a large group of people and I seen it done in a smaller group when the one person is more dominant. People tend to lose their pride just to fit in to one group. Deindividuation can diminish self awareness, can have a positive or negative results and they can also increase people responsiveness to a situation. This can also happen less often when awareness is high. A group in themselves brings a sense of belonging, in many groups they can be a good or bad influences. People follow other people for many different reasons but just because others are doing should you be doing it as well or do you want to become that person that other people follows you because our different? It only depends on what you chose. So deindividuation can be good and bad it’s just what way your eyes see it as.
Deindividuation is something that happens in a group. It is when a person loses their self-awareness. When someone is deindividualized, they are not aware of their individuality and uniqueness. It happens in groups that are more responsive to group norms. Some examples of Deindividuation are pritae schools and their uniforms, the military, and prisons. In all of these settings, people are forced to dress the same, follow the same rules, and act the same. Some of the causes of deindividuation are the size of the group and being anonymous. The larger the group is, the less self-awareness people within the group have. Because of this, people feel that they are less accountable for their actions. The text states, “The snarling crowd hides the snarling basketball fan.” This is a great example of how one person is not known as being a certain way because everyone else in the group is the same way. When someone is anonymous, they feel less self-conscious and are more likely to follow the cues given. For example, Zimbardo conducted an experiment in which women wore hoods and delivered shocks to people. This study found that when the women were concealed, they delivered twice as many shocks as the women who were not concealed. Being deindividualized is a way that people are able to hide within a crowd and be less aware of what they are doing.
Deindividualization occurs when a person becomes part of a group and as a result, loses their individuality. One major example of this occurred during the Holocaust. Jews were deindividualized when they were forced to have their head shaved and had numbers tattooed on them. This took away their individuality because it made them look more similar and they were no longer referred to by name but as a number that was assigned to them. Deindividualisation makes a person feel as though they are not responsible for their own actions because since they are no longer individuals, they cannot be singled out or blamed for what happened. This was also seen in the Holocaust but from the Nazi’s point of view. The Nazi’s felt that although what they were doing to the Jews may have been against their own morals, it was justified by the fact that everyone else was doing it, so they could not be singled out and held responsible for treating another human so inhumanely. People also become less self-aware in a group setting. Because there are so many people acting and sometimes looking the same way that they do, they tend to just follow the motions of what other people are doing instead of thinking for themselves whether they want to or even should be doing that action. They no longer think about themselves being judged by others because they are doing exactly what everyone else is doing.
Deindividuation is the loss of self-awareness when in a group setting. People will begin to respond to the group norm whether it is a good or bad behavior. Deindividuation occurs in larger groups because people are more willing to lose self-awareness and become involved in behavior they normally would not be involved if they were by themselves. People begin to focus on the situation and think less about their involvement. This leads people to feel less responsible because their attitude is focused on the situation and the fact that everyone around them is doing this particular act. Larger groups allow people to lose responsibility and feel anonymous. This feeling allows people to feel less self-conscious and more group conscious. Therefore, people in the larger groups forget about their moral beliefs and values and focus on the group’s behavior. People tend to become aroused in larger group settings which allow them to impulsively focus their attention to the group’s actions. For example, fans at a sporting event tend to behave in a way they normally would not behave at home or at work. The fans act together as a group and become aroused with the group’s actions such as cheering. At times the fans may get out of control at these events. People who are often reserved may act differently around this type of crowd. Therefore, deindividuation allows people to forget about their own beliefs and normal behavior when in a large group setting that emphasizes other behavior.
According to the book, deindividuation is the loss of self-awareness and evaluation and it occurs in group situations that foster responsiveness to group norms whether they are good or bad. Certain factors that contribute to the loss of self-awareness include; group size, anonymity and arousing and distracting activities. A normally moral and stand up citizen may engage in illegal or immoral activities when such factors are present. Being in a group may heavily influence someone to do something that they normally do, especially if the group size is significant. When someone is anonymous they are more likely to say things that they normally would not say when they are face to face with someone, ultimately losing their sense of self-awareness. Certain arousing and distracting activities may cause an individual to act in a way they normally wouldn’t, such as cheering at a sporting event or screaming at a rock concert. Deindividuation is the opposite of self-awareness. When an individual is self-aware they are less likely to act in violent or immoral manner. Individuals who have a good understanding of themselves and a good sense of self-awareness are less likely to fall victim of deindividuation.
Deindividulation is the process by which an individual identifies with a group of peers that cause him or her to lose their sense of identity. Every person can identify with their sense of self or identity. Who a person is, where they are from and the values they stand for define a person’s identity. Deindividulation causes someone to lose their own self-awareness which allows them to identify in a group of peers. Usually the group someone identifies with causes the person to adopt and foster responsivesness to group norms even if the norms are seen as “good” or “bad.” The larger the group size the more its individual members lose their identity and are willing to commit to the norms to the group itself. When in a group the person is more concerned with the situation rather than themselves. A common attitude when identifying with a group could be “Everyone is doing it.” Also being anonymous allows a person to feel less pressure and more individualistic and less self-conscious. The groups we identify with tend to diminish an individual’s self-awareness. Therefore increase a person’s responsiveness to the immediate situation be it negative or positive regarding the situation.
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