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Author:  -Madamoiselle Sara- [ Sun Mar 16, 2008 3:57 am ]
Post subject:  Mob Psycology

just a tad bit of info of mobs and crowds of people storming the streets for a "cause".

Since the people of France were looking for change...I'm sure they were influenced to believe exaggerated/false statements made to them. A single person is smart....a group of people are dumb, noisy, and panicky. These peasants were so bent on overthrowing the royals that they believed anything anyone above their ignorance. Take for example....if 9,876,245 (random number...lol) people start marching towards palaces, a couple people yell out "burn down the joint!", everyone around them immediatly agrees because, well thats just what everyone thinks everyone else is thinking.
Even where mob tyranny has been systematic, long-term, ideologically-driven and state-sponsored, as with the Inquisition or French Revolution or Nazi, Soviet or Chinese terrors, future generations look back at the past misdeeds of their ancestors and say: “That was wrong, very wrong, it should never have happened”. Moral learning does take place at some time or other, even if it is long after the evil has occurred. It is as if, when sobriety and rationality return, an individual participant in a mob realises and recognises himself/herself to have revealed a baser ignoble side which is shameful.

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Author:  Rosalie [ Sun Mar 16, 2008 6:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mob Psycology

Yes, I perfectly agree!
That's why it is very important to study the events of the past and try to understand why they really happen, and not take anything for granted. This hould help people think for themselves, and learn how to defend themselves from "mob psychology"...

Author:  Hellou_Librorum [ Sun Mar 30, 2008 3:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mob Psycology

I concur. With more knowledge perhaps the Holocaust or the war in Darfur or the Genocide of Rwanda could have been prevented by breaking away from mob psychology.

Author:  Thorleif Nilsson [ Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mob Psycology

-Madamoiselle Sara- wrote:
just a tad bit of info of mobs and crowds of people storming the streets for a "cause".

Since the people of France were looking for change...I'm sure they were influenced to believe exaggerated/false statements made to them. A single person is smart....a group of people are dumb, noisy, and panicky. These peasants were so bent on overthrowing the royals that they believed anything anyone above their ignorance. Take for example....if 9,876,245 (random number...lol) people start marching towards palaces, a couple people yell out "burn down the joint!", everyone around them immediatly agrees because, well thats just what everyone thinks everyone else is thinking.
Even where mob tyranny has been systematic, long-term, ideologically-driven and state-sponsored, as with the Inquisition or French Revolution or Nazi, Soviet or Chinese terrors, future generations look back at the past misdeeds of their ancestors and say: “That was wrong, very wrong, it should never have happened”. Moral learning does take place at some time or other, even if it is long after the evil has occurred. It is as if, when sobriety and rationality return, an individual participant in a mob realises and recognises himself/herself to have revealed a baser ignoble side which is shameful.

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I saw a program on History channel about the revolutions in Romania 1989 and Iran 1979. Seeing the masses in both contries I got the sense of mob psychology. It doesn´t matter if it´s a revolution in 20th century or 18th century the psychology of the masses is the same. Especially the revolution in Iran has I think many similarities with the French revolution. My wife is from Iran so I have some insight knowledge and my wife took part in the revolution. I have asked her that if she then would have known what she knows now would she have supported the Iranian revolution? I´m sure you can imagine the answer. I think many Iranians feel some collective guilt as the French did during the restauration.
/Thorleif Nilsson

Author:  Marija Vera [ Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mob Psycology

-Madamoiselle Sara- wrote:
A single person is smart....a group of people are dumb, noisy, and panicky

Thorleif Nilsson wrote:
It doesn´t matter if it´s a revolution in 20th century or 18th century the psychology of the masses is the same


I think that people in that situation have a chance, someone for the first time in life, to feel like they are doing something major for the future, country and so on. Everyone wants to feel important, like the part of something huge, to believe in some ideal greater than life than just living the every day, boring, hard monotonous life. And people in that state of mind are like on drugs, capable of doing anything. I am scared of the mob and the psychology of bunch of people. Even you have the right ideal you just can’t trust the hungry, angry mob on pulling it out without the victims.

Author:  Jasmine d'Adelaide [ Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Mob Psycology

Socrates - one of the most important people in history to recognaise the problem of Mob Psychology or mentality.

He died infact because of his critism of democracy ( not that he didnt believe in it - but saw the flaw of the mob mentality behind it) as of course everyone voted for his death as what happened to poor Louis XVI and Antoinette.

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