Human beings are unique.
But human behavior is rather complex.
How about crowd’s behavior?
Why do people act differently in crowds than they do individually?
That, is intricate.
I am posting for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Intricacy
Gustave Le Bon, a French social psychologist (1841), is the founder of crowd psychology. He attributed crowd behavior to the ‘collective racial unconscious’ of the mob overtaking individuals’ sense of self and personality and personal responsibility.
Relieved of individual responsibility, individuals will behave in a more primal fashion. He asserts, ‘by the mere fact that he forms part of an organized crowd, a man descends several rungs on the ladder of civilization.’ A modern comparison might be the teenager who argues that his own actions of toilet papering the principal’s house weren’t so bad because everybody else was doing it, too.
He formulated the contagion theory, which argues that crowds cause people to act in a certain way. The theory suggests that crowds exert a sort of hypnotic influence on their members. The hypnotic influence combined with the anonymity of belonging to a large group of people, even just for that moment, results in irrational, emotionally charged behavior. Or, as the name implies, the frenzy of the crowd is somehow contagious, like a disease, and the contagion feeds upon itself, growing with time. In the end, the crowd has assumed a life of its own, stirring up emotions and driving people toward irrational, even violent action.
Whereas the contagion theory states that crowds cause people to act in a certain way, convergence theory says the opposite. People who want to act in a certain way intentionally come together to form crowds. Convergence theory was formulated by many leading sociologists, and it assumes that when a critical mass of individuals with the same desire to effect change come together, collective action occurs almost automatically.
Think ‘strength in numbers.’ One person might believe strongly in a cause but assumes that his own individual action could not make a difference. As a result, individuals rarely act alone. When they can convene with other individuals who have with similar goals, the potential to successfully changing a policy or condition becomes more of a reality. With the support of others, the individual feels that the goal is within reach.
Source: Study.com Crowd Behavior: Contagion, Convergent & Emergent Norm Theory
I am also posting for the Photo101 Rehab, the event for everyone who loves photography (hobbyists, amateurs, pro-shooters, or just curious , anyone is welcome), and wants to join a community of like-minded people, who are also fun to connect with.
Want to know how to join? Check below.
Here is what ‘The Clinic Photo Rehab is:
This blog hosted ‘The Photo101 Rehab Clinic’ from 04 to 31 December 2014 and featured over 170 photos made by Photobloggers Andy Townend, Mara Eastern, Cardinal Guzman, DesleyJane, Justine, Amy, Teresa, Albert, Terri, Giving Thought, Ellen, Nalinki, Mariangeles, DwayCrafts, Lucy, Terri, Bampa’s Views, PeaceCrafting, Dreaming of Leaving and Project Easier.
As former patients informed me that the withdrawal symptoms remained active, and new patients recognized the same symptoms, The Clinic – Photo Rehab reopened its doors.
You can do a self-examination. If you detect any of the following symptoms, as carefully described by Albert from the blog Passionately Curious, come and join us: “Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”
How to join:
Time: The Clinic is open 24 x 7 until the healing process ends.
Camera: You can use any camera, from DSLR, mirrorless, compact, to smartphones.
Theme: Bring your creativity and photograph a theme of your liking in B&W or Color. With or without edition. We like learning techniques as well, if you want to share it with everyone.
Who can join: Anyone can join; and not only former Photo 101 bloggers. All you need is passion. Passion to speak up through images – or words, if you may want to add your thoughts to it as well – showing what you see and how much that is important to you.
Thanks for joining and enjoy it.
The Clinic – Photo Rehab
Here is the link to add your photos. Knock the wall… and click on the image below:
Even if you don’t want to join in, click above and appreciate the beautiful photos of the former and current participants. Go and check their wonderful blogs as well: