Whenever I think of herd mentality, I think of people like Trump supporters and Nazis. Ok, before we get into the details, let’s define our terms. What is herd mentality? It essentially just means how people can be influenced by their peers/society on a purely emotional basis, rather than a rational basis. They can be influenced to adopt certain behaviors, to think/feel a certain way on various topics, which in turn could influence the way they make decisions to differ as well. It is also known as mob mentality, pack mentality, gang mentality, and/or herd behavior. An excellent example of this is blindly following a leader for no reason other than the fact that they seemingly have a lot of followers/supporters and there’s no rational basis for following/supporting said leader. While, in reality, these leaders could be ignorant, racist, transphobic, xenophobic, and just overall grossly misinformed. It’s basically just the blind leading the blind. The followers are too afraid to question the authority because they don’t want to get in trouble and they don’t want to admit the leader is wrong, thereby admitting their own awful decision to support them in the first place. And the leader – well, the leader is so deep in their shit, that there’s not really any going back. Admitting fault and wrongdoing is like admitting defeat. Sound familiar?
Herd mentality is very dangerous for a young, growing mind and/or a very impressionable type of person. It teaches people to follow the crowd, and not think for themselves. A study at the University of Leeds used groups of different sizes with different ratios of “informed individuals.” The research findings showed that as the number of people in a crowd increases, the number of informed individuals decreases. In large crowds of 200 or more, 5% of the group is enough to influence the direction in which it travels. In other words, the bigger the crowd, the less likely it is for people to question the crowd, which means the difference between the number of informed people vs the uninformed people gets bigger and bigger.
Do you often find yourself following trends? Are you scared to do things alone? Do you rarely take the road less traveled? Do you find yourself blindly supporting a thought/movement/person without ever questioning it? You might be suffering from herd mentality. Introducing, Independenticillin – it works with your immune system to fight off symptoms of herd behavior, such as being easily influenced, following the crowd, and doing things on a purely emotional rather than rational basis. It lasts 12 hours, and it must be taken daily. However, the chemical compound used in independenticillin is clinically proven to have longer-lasting effects over time, which means you will eventually not need to take it. So instead of avoiding crowds, social media, and the news, you can get out there and live your life! Consult your physician before you take it. Side effects include, but are not limited to, independent thinking/thinking for yourself, using critical analysis, and questioning authority. With Independenticillin, you don’t have to be influenced by the world and all the shitty people in it. Now go and live your best life!