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Consider how being part of a crowd or group changes your behavior. How can deindividuation change people's behavior? Could deindividuation lead to positive outcomes? What is a way to encourage members of a crowd to behave in line with their "normal" values?

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* Consider how being part of a crowd or group changes your behavior. How can deindividuation change people's behavior?
C. G. Jung referenced deindividuation to be formed by the "self" through integration of elements of the conscious and unconscious mind. However, deindividuation can only change people's behavior if their "conscious" self has been developed through an aware, self-actualized position or value system.

* Consider how being part of a crowd or group changes behavior. How can deindividuation change people's behavior?
Being part of a crowd or group does not always change behavior; it all depends on one's personal value system, or whether or not they have one on a myriad of subjects in the first place. If people were in a store; let's say, Wal-Mart, and an announcement came on to say, "The first two dozen customers to arrive at the deli gets a free organic ham or turkey for thanksgiving." Now, just because a crowd is behaving by rushing to get a reward doesn't mean everyone will behave the same way - especially the vegans in the store who won't bother going for meat. Therefore, crowds appear to be made up of individuals who think the same way - or who do not think for themselves...they follow what everyone else does - unconsciously.

Note that books, such as Dr. Wayne Dyer's, "Your Erroneous Zones," wonderfully serves to enlighten individuals whom act unconsciously.

* Could deindividuation lead to positive outcomes?

Deindividuation can lead to positive outcomes because the lack of it often leads to negative results.

* What is a way to encourage members of a crowd to behave in line with their "normal" values?

It may not be possible to encourage members of a crowd to behave in line with their "normal" values. Why? What if crowd members have negative normal values (e.g. prejudice, gang member values, KKK, etc)? To say we want to get members to behave in line with their "normal" values is to assume their normal values are good.

In general, humans seem to follow what everyone else does or says in terms of fashion, ideas of wrong or ...

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