“Herd” Mentality Explained

A new research study sheds light on a behavior that is consistent among many species – that is, making decisions based upon the actions of others.

Scientists at the University of Leeds believe they may have found why humans flock like sheep and birds, subconsciously following a minority of individuals.

Researchers discovered that it takes a minority of just five per cent to influence a crowd’s direction – and that the other 95 per cent follow without realizing it.

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Quotes About Herd Mentality

“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.”― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

“Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.”― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

“Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”― Alexis de Tocqueville

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”― George S. Patton Jr.

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