Deindividuation aka De-individualisation.
Well well….we are going to talk some psychology today!
Specifically, something in social psychology that I like calling “de-individualisation” and yet, it’s actual name is “deindividuation”!
Are we ready?
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De-individualisation aka deindividuation is that state when you become so immersed in the norms of the group that you lose your sense of identity and personal responsibility. (this is at least, according to simplypsychology.org)
In simpler terms, an individual loses their sense of self or lets go of their individual responsibility for actions and sees behavior as a consequence of group norms and expectations!
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To paint you a more vivid picture,
Have you seen people in that moment when they are at a music concert?
In those moments or moment when they are punching and throwing their arms in the air and frantically bobbing their head away or singing passionately along to the music that is playing in the presence of hundreds of people?
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Yet, this is not something they would ordinarily do, if they were alone?
Alternatively, have you seen how individuals conduct themselves in violent mobs where they damage and loot property, hurl insults, become reckless and display different behaviour when they are all alone?
Now, that is when we say that someone is undergoing deindividuation or is deindividualised!
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Hold your tongue and wobbling eyes right there….
Deindividuation is not entirely a bad thing like it might seem in my writing here….they are moments when it comes handy to good use like donating at a charity event, hhhmmm…(that’s a good thing, right?)
For somebody to be in a state of deindividuation, there are 3 factors to be keenly looked at.
The individual, the social situation at hand and the individual in the context of this particular social situation.
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Some people might say that for deindividuation to happen,
There are particular psychological processes that must occur or happen.
On the other hand, other people might say that for deindividuation to happen,
The social, economic, political and historical factors that influence the events in a given society must be keenly looked at.
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The more the person becomes involved in the group, the less self-awareness they have, which includes knowing their morals, characters, and beliefs.
These qualities start to be replaced by the identity of the group.
The individual then begins to take on the morals and character that is held by the group as a whole!
Now, we both know how dangerous this can get, right?
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Is this behaviour permanent or short-term?
The answer is no, it’s something I would love to term as short-term.
It can be unlearned slowly with time provided you learn to recognize when it is happening and what the pending dangers of it can be….(for the bad side of it, of course).
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Oops….did I mention that deindividuation breeds a false sense of anonymity amongst people, in the heat of the moment?
They tend to feel that they cannot or will not be identified easily and therefore, that gives them a pass of freedom to do whatever they want.
After all, who is there to watch them and pin-point them out as culprits or offenders?
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Somebody out there is watching you.
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This is interesting! I enjoyed reading this and I totally agreed with you.
Ntemid you are starting this year with interesting content in your blogs.Atleast I have learnt a new term today.Hihihi.
Have been to happening places and you see a person who is too serious for life getting excited and behaving unexpectedly.
This explains it
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A fascinating article! It seems like this phenomenon happens a lot these days too!
😍😍 all the time!
I’ve actually never heard of either of these terms before. Thanks for clearing this up!
Very thought provoking. It’s all too easy to lose yourself to a group or a movement. I try and stay as true to my inner self as possible.
I agree that there are many situations when we act like the mass. I really hope that we can keep our identity and be influenced only by positive things.
I’ve not heard of the term before. I can see how when surrounded by other people some people get wrapped up in the moment and in some cases do things they shouldn’t. I’d be interested in the correlation between this and IQ.
Its my first time hearing about this but Id love to know more. This is a though-provoking topic
Staying true to yourself is all I need. It can be easy to go with the flow and follow what people do without understanding these days
I can see this happening with teenagers or even adults who are desperate to belong to a group. It takes a lot of courage to just be who you are and stick to your believes even if others don’t.
This is the first time I heard about this term. I learned so much about Deindividuation. Thanks!
This situation would also relate to the idea of ‘just because the majority is doing it, doesn’t mean you have to do it so.’ Looking at your genuine and unique self is (I reckon) the most tragic moment.
I think this happens often. So easy to lose ourselves nowadays.
Thanks for sharing! Love coming and learning something new!
This a very interesting post. Never heard of the term deindividualuzation. You are right, people do loose themselves or individuality in certain groups inorder to fit in and feel accepted.