We have strong reasons to tell you “Don’t be a sheep.” In this article, we will see why “following the group” mindlessly is extremely problematic and dangerous.
What is “Herd Mentality”?
Herd Mentality is when individuals in a group or society, neglect their personal opinions and feelings and start conforming to or following the ideas of the majority in the group. The other names for this mentality are mob mentality, being a sheep, pack mentality, group mentality and crowd psychology.
Does Herd Mentality really exist?
The video below will prove to you that it actually does exist.
Crowd Mentality in Fashion
You can observe “Crowd Mentality” in the fashion sense of the people. Look the picture below. One is fashion and another in poverty. How do you explain the tendency to tear apart a nice looking jeans in the name of fashion? If the “influencers” do it, then it becomes okay for others to copy that.
Is there a problem with Mob Mentality?
Studies shows that mob mentality is extremely dangerous. Mob Mentality makes people do irrational things and even make support evil. For example: Riots and violence are triggered because of the mob mentality. We will now see an interesting but a very concerning incident from history that shows how people can be easily manipulated using this crowd psychology.
How women were made to smoke cigarettes? – a case study
American Tobacco Corporation approached a PR Consultant named Edward Barnays to take his help in increasing the sales of cigarettes. He devised an evil plan to manipulate women and make them believe that smoking gives them freedom and equality with men. He did this to make women smoke and thus increase the sale of cigarettes.
Quran on “Herd Mentality”
God says in the Quran:
The Quran’s guidance is spot on as it wonderfully captures the mindset of the masses, where they only make assumptions and guesses. Example: The women made the assumption that smoking cigarettes gave them freedom and equality.
Now that you have understood the dangers of blindly following the group, don’t be a sheep!