Collective Behavior

Definition: Collective behavior is a type of social behavior that occurs in crowds or masses. Riots, mobs, mass hysteria, fads, fashions, rumor, and public opinion are all examples of collective behavior. It is argued that people tend to surrender their individuality and moral judgment in crowds and give in to the hypnotic powers of leaders who shape crowd behavior as they like.

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Crossman, Ashley. "Collective Behavior." ThoughtCo, Dec. 4, 2014, thoughtco.com/collective-behavior-definition-3026145. Crossman, Ashley. (2014, December 4). Collective Behavior. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/collective-behavior-definition-3026145 Crossman, Ashley. "Collective Behavior." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/collective-behavior-definition-3026145 (accessed May 28, 2018).