Psych M.D. -deindividuation


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Term: Deindividuation
Definition (Myers):the loss of self-awareness and self-restraint occuring in group situations that foster arousal and anonymity.
Definition (alternative): A psychological state characterized by loss of the sense of individuality and a submerging of personal identity and accountability in a group. In some circumstances it can lead to a relaxation of inhibitions and the release of antisocial behaviour, and it has been used to explain certain forms of mob behaviour. (encyclopedia.com)
Contextual explanation: Presence of other can arouse people and diminish their responsibility. When one is aroused and lacks responsibility, he or she will be less self-conscious and less restrained when in a group situation. For example, Zimbardo's experiment result showed that women dressed in Ku Klux Klan style hood delivered twice as much shock to a victim as did identifiable women.
Related terms and concepts: group polarization, social loafing, social psychology
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Related websites:
Standford Prison Experiment and Research published: "The Lucifer Effect"
Applied Psychology: Deindividualism in sports
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