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Crowd psychology
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Crowd psychology

Crowd psychology characterises the group dynamics of a large group (or "crowd").

Negatively construed as a "mob", positively seen as the expression of popular democracy, crowds have a reputation for fickle, often irrational and potentially violent behaviour. But skilled organisation and appropriate ceremonial can artificially promote intense solidarity and enthusiasm in them.

Early work came from Gustave Le Bon into Crowd Behaviour which is defined as; "The actions or reactions of a large number of persons gathered together in responce to external or internal group stimuli".

Compare: LGAT, Nuremberg rally, mob mentality, groupthink.