Psychology of A Flash Mob
Analysis of violent group mentality
- Duration 4:26
- Date Aug 18, 2011
Analysis of violent group mentality
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All right so I'm dale we want to -- is flash -- there in -- every day right off.
Mayor nutter weighing in on in Philadelphia they have a curfew -- a lot of people objecting going.
Crazy about that I mean what isn't that the psychology behind these flash mobs and what impact makes them turned violent in the -- -- technical and.
Wolf there is right well there there -- two theories that look at mob behavior herd mentality or mob psychology whatever you wanna call it.
The first is classical theory which really because all of back to Sigmund Freud.
And basically -- so that everything.
If I didn't bring -- psychiatrist just about.
But He says that look we -- have a deep -- mean instinct that civilization really covers up.
And sometimes when you get into a crowd mentality.
That the mirrors ripped aside in this base instinct comes out violence a -- kind of final -- problem so that's really an older -- than the various called convergence theory which I like battered convergence series basically that individuals who.
Have the same thought processes -- hostilities that have been simmering for you yours are the type of people that get together.
And when they do get together they're all thinking alike anyway I and then the power of the crowd allows them to act out things that they would not do individually.
Okay so now -- look at the fact that so many of them are willing to go to do you know.
Committing violent crime right commit felony right destroyed property and right thousands of dollars -- robbery fact that.
Pretty extreme well you have different motivations for different -- so -- -- it could be racially could be economic it could be political.
Is it -- so it doesn't have to be just one but.
Then again if you have say a simmering racial hostility for and you feel you're being discriminated against an independent ticket community entertaining -- -- and and that this has been gone on over time.
And you have violent thoughts about you know I really like to get back to these people because that's not fair to me and I'm being picked on and on being discriminated against because of my.
-- race and then all of a sudden you get together with a group of like minded people the result can end up being that the power of the crowd.
Gives you an anonymity and it allows you to be able to do these things thinking it's not me it's the group that's doing it.
So in today's world with FaceBook and Twitter had become so much easier to get these people together.
And that's why we're seeing more of it.
Yeah -- -- the lone wolf theory.
-- -- -- the lone wolf theory is completely different yes and we -- right and so will we look at the lone wolf.
Violent individual we have to look at -- And so there it's the three keys so it's psychology.
It is our personal and it is political -- psychology it would be -- law.
The -- was psychotic -- broken Brian hallucinations delusions this is the guy that you can't predict how he's gonna snap for what he's gonna do when He snaps -- a guy.
You look at personal.
You know -- professor down in Huntsville Alabama who killed or shot six faculty members because she didn't get a -- that He didn't get ten.
Ten years so -- mean it was personal horror.
She thought she deserved -- but she doesn't -- six people because of that they didn't think she had amendments psychiatric disorder that knows all look like she did He really is not and then of course you've got that in the Norway incident where it looks like its political looks like that this was a guy who's.
Right wing fundamentalist felt that immigration was destroying the Norway that He loved and as a result.
He took action but.
There was a lot of planning and premeditation that went into what He did and the question was whether or not this guy was -- -- -- come up with some kind of psychiatric.
I don't I don't see a psychiatric defense in his case at all I mean if you and and it interviews and a -- look at the interviews of -- Walker's friends for example this was -- guy who was psychotic for years everyone knew that this guy.
Was hallucinating He was paranoid and He was probably get a slap.
That she planned it Jeremy -- planet but their motives were very different.
So you go to Norway and yeah this guy played out very well but the problem that we have here.
Is predicting in advance we can look back -- other -- are very clear we know why He -- we didn't now we can figured out but how do we figure that out.
To prevented from happening in the future and and we don't really have a good answer for that yet.