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Is deindividuation inevitable when anonymous stragers form a crowd?I understand that...

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worcester | College Teacher | Honors

Posted March 23, 2010 at 7:48 AM via web

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Is deindividuation inevitable when anonymous stragers form a crowd?

I understand that deindividuation forces one to become aware of the crowd but is this to the point where deindividuation is 'inevitable'? May you please give me an example of this so i can back up the argument. Many Thanks.

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ajw88 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 2, 2010 at 11:44 PM (Answer #1)

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Let’s look at some points that might help clarify your thinking on this issue. The idea of deindividuation goes back for many years. The most common philosophy acknowledges that for this cannot take place without a group presence. One has a tendency to lose sense of self especially if there are social arousers or high intensity situations to which the group responds. One has a tendency to forget or deny personal responsibility as he or she can blame own actions on or judge own behaviors with regard to the group’s behaviors.

While this might be a common occurrence, it is not inevitable. Look at the Holocaust for example. Oscar Schindler was a high ranking official in the government, but he chose to help the Jews who were be murdered by the politics of Hitler.

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