10 Incredible Facts About Crowd Psychology

10 Incredible Facts About Crowd Psychology


Everyone who has ever watched a movie has
an idea in their head of the stereotypical angry mob with torches and pitchforks, and
most of us have a lot of preconceived notions about how crowds will behave. People tend to think, in general, that crowds
are relatively easy to manipulate, and that oftentimes people will see terrible things
happening to others and just let it go because they are part of a crowd. The truth behind all of this is a lot more
complicated, and many researchers have spent countless hours studying the behaviors of
crowds for all kinds of public safety related reasons. In today’s article, we will go over 10 fascinating
facts and misconceptions about crowd psychology. 10. If You Need Help And You Are In A Crowd, Ask
Specific People For Help One of the most important things to know about
crowds is the way diffusion of responsibility works. The idea is essentially that the larger a
crowd is, the less likely people will be to go out of their way to help another person. The reason is that they feel more like somebody
will likely have it covered, because there are so many people around. Now, this isn’t necessarily true if someone
is bleeding out on the ground. If anyone is trained in paramedic skills,
they will likely stop and not just assume that the person doesn’t need help, or that
someone else will deal with it. They may even see another medical professional
helping, and see a fellow medical type who needs their assistance and step in. However, in a situation where the need for
help isn’t quite as obvious, and it isn’t a traumatic injury or the like — or even
if it is and you need help right that second but it isn’t quite as obvious — experts
say there are a couple important things to do. The first is to ask specific people, and not
just appeal to the crowd at large. Keep asking people until somebody helps, or
you can find somebody who knows how to do what you need. It’s also important to be specific about
what you need, and what’s wrong, so others can help you as quickly as possible. Humans want to help others, but they can get
confused and shut down. If you address them directly, you remove their
confusion, and get them to take action. 9. The Story Of Kitty Genovese Is Not Necessarily
The Best Example — It Has Been Muddled Many people have heard of a young woman named
Kitty Genovese. She was even brought up in the movie The Boondock
Saints as a justification to go around as vigilantes randomly and wantonly murdering
mobsters. The story goes that the young woman was being
murdered in front of multiple witnesses and no one did anything. It has been repeated by the media and amateur
psychologists for years, and has been used as evidence that the bigger the crowd, the
more likely people are to just ignore something awful happening right in front of them — even
murder. However, the truth — while sad — is a
lot more banal. The woman came home at about 2:30 AM when
there weren’t many witnesses around. A man who had been stalking her attacked and
stabbed her. A neighbor from upstairs, who didn’t have
time to come down, yelled for the attacker to leave her alone. He temporarily left, and Kitty ducked out
of sight behind her apartment building to hide, now seriously injured. The man came back 10 minutes later and stabbed
and robbed her. Kitty was soon found by a neighbor, who immediately
called the police. Perhaps the first neighbor who called out
should have called the police or followed up, but he yelled out and the attacker initially
left. The next person to find her immediately called
for help. There were also a couple other neighbors who
may have been eyewitnesses and claim they called the police, but the police couldn’t
find logs of it. Regardless, the popular story that there were
30-plus witnesses that didn’t try to help her is just a complete fabrication. 8. It’s Actually Hard To Stir A Crowd Into
A Mob-Like Frenzy Without Other Factors Many people like to think of crowds as a mob
of panicky people about to go crazy at any moment and tear things up. If you insert your least favorite group, it’s
easy to imagine a crowd of people quickly ending up in a frenzy and rioting. This isn’t really accurate in terms of real
behavior, though. Generally, even people who have been pushed
to their limit don’t go out and do violent things, even at the behest or with the anonymity
of a crowd, unless they were already the type of person who was looking for an excuse to
do something like that to begin with. If you actually want to truly stir up a crowd,
you’re going to find it quite difficult. Even in places like, for example, Ferguson,
when the tension was at its very worst the vast majority of the crowd remained peaceful,
even while a handful of rioters caused trouble and the police themselves (according to a
report by the Department of Justice) illegally attacked the protesters. Even given a very good “excuse” to cause
trouble, the vast majority of people are simply not violent, and cannot be goaded into violence
without absolute necessity to do so. 7. In General, Crowds Stay Calmer In Panicky
Situations Than You Would Think Most people have a lot of preconceived notions
about crowds, and one of the biggest is that crowds tend to be fairly jittery, and can
go crazy at a moment’s notice if the right (or wrong) thing happens. Many assume that in the event of a shooting,
bombing, fire, or what have you, people will behave in a crazy fashion and will tend to
get themselves and others inadvertently killed or hurt. The facts, though, don’t really bear this
out. Children at schools with shootings tend to
exit in a very organized fashion, even when doing so might seem a little slower, and they
tend to rely on each other and work as a group to get to safety. While some may argue this behavior has been
partly trained, the behavior of those in the towers on 9/11 certainly was not. Accounts say that most people actually filed
quite calmly and civilly to the rescue routes from the building, and that this ability to
stay calm and not panic actually saved lives. Human beings are quite hardy, and do not devolve
into a mass of terrified tears the moment they get around a lot of other people and
are faced with a crisis. 6. Crowds Are Not Nearly As Naturally Submissive
To Authority As You Might Believe One of the most common beliefs about crowds
is that they are naturally submissive to authority, but that isn’t really the case. In fact, as anyone who has worked crowd security
can tell you (even those who are obviously official police officers), crowds can be just
as unruly or rude toward those who have authority over them as they are to anyone else. In fact, oftentimes that feeling of anonymity
or being in a bigger crowd can actually give people a false sense of the power they do
have to defy authority. Of course, this is really just an illusion,
and unless the crowd is actually rioting, if the police notice you doing something illegal
or harassing them to that point, the fact you are surrounded by people will not protect
you. Regardless, police have also observed that
crowds can be difficult to get to follow simple instructions, like which way to safely go,
and that sometimes it seems even normally obedient citizens can end up defiant when
they have the anonymity of a crowd. This doesn’t mean people are necessarily
badly intentioned or trying to defy authority, just that trying to corral a crowd can often
be like herding cats. 5. Oftentimes, Crowd Related Tragedies Are Accidental
And Those Involved Were Unaware The truth is that crowd related tragedies
are almost never the result of people consciously trying to do bad things, or even being rabble-roused
into doing terrible things. Sadly, sometimes the problem is just bad crowd
management. To properly understand how people move, you
have to also understand how they think, and some people are paid a lot of money these
days to figure this stuff out before any big public spaces are built — especially sports
stadiums. One of the reasons for this are incidents
like the one that happened in Sheffield, England back in 1989. 93 people were killed and over 180 were injured
due to bad crowd management at Hillsborough Stadium. The officials were never sure where exactly
the problem started, but believe it was a combination of inadequate barriers, as well
as too many people being let in too soon in the wrong places without enough overflow. This led to many people being inadvertently
crushed to death, or simply suffocated due to lack of air. Those causing the crushing had no idea they
were doing it, and many were likely caught up in the mess themselves and just afraid
they would end up another casualty. This is why theme parks spend so much money
on making proper open spaces, and carefully controlling not just the amount of people
in the park, but also go to great lengths to psychologically trick people into spreading
out as much as possible. The right crowd management techniques can
prevent an entirely avoidable tragedy. 4. Crowds Are Not The Homogenous, Hivemind-Like
Herd Beasts Many Picture Despite any misconceptions you have about
crowds, you are probably pretty convinced that the bigger a crowd gets, the more likely
it is to become more a single, hivemind–like entity. But crowds tend to be way more diverse and
varied, and this usually reflects in their thinking and actions as well. If you have ever seen a political caucus take
shape, it’s a reminder that just because someone is in a crowd doesn’t mean they
suddenly have a desire to agree with all those around them. This notion likely exists because a lot of
the time when people are in crowds, it’s due to something that brings us together for
a similar reason. Oftentimes people are going to a sports game,
and even if the other teams fans are there, they are often in a different section. Or, someone might go to a political rally,
or an amusement park where everyone likes the same kind of entertainment. But when you think about it, just a general
crowd, anywhere, doesn’t really have anything in particular to bring it together, and is
just made up of a bunch of random people, all of whom may view things very differently. 3. How Suggestible A Crowd Is Or How Potentially
Violent Depends Mostly On Its Makeup As we mentioned above, crowds are really just
a bunch of random people, and tend to be pretty diverse, unless we are talking about a special
event that literally brings one type of crowd together. This gives lie to the myth that crowds are
typically violent or suggestible. The truth is that the tendency to violence
or to do what a rabble rouser wants really just depends on the makeup of the crowd. If a crowd is of a more political persuasion
and tends toward violence, then trying to stir them up into a hostile frenzy might work. However, a crowd of people at a Disney theme
park is unlikely to be so suggestible, and you may struggle to find even a small group
at such a place that really has any desire to even hear your message — you’ll probably
be carted off pretty fast. Even those prone to violence won’t necessarily
do so in front of a crowd — it may even be quite the opposite. While some may feel a bit emboldened by a
crowd to protest for causes, or to take part in a group that otherwise they may not feel
strong enough to claim ownership of, that is a big step from actually committing violence
or breaking laws. Many people who would consider breaking laws
also don’t want to get in trouble for it, and tend to not want to be seen doing so — being
in front a crowd doesn’t suddenly change who they are inside. 2. In A Volatile Situation, Multiple Groups Are
Likely To Form, Instead Of One Violent Mob In movies and other popular media, we’ve
been given the idea that when things get really crazy, we will see one violent mob form, or
just one mob in general even if it isn’t violent. However, unless you actually have police or
other official groups to truly and fully restore order, that is not how it usually works. Crowds are not one homogenous entity and people
tend to group up based on others who think and act like them. Even in a very short amount of time, case
studies have shown that, given the chance, people will very quickly start splitting up
into smaller groups that better fit their needs. There is also no reason to believe that these
groups would work against each other. In a true emergency situation where there
isn’t full social order, not only do people tend to organize quickly into smaller groups,
but the various groups tend to still work together for the common good. In general, people like to maintain a certain
sense of individuality, but they also see a lot of conscious benefit to working with
others for the common good. By organizing into smaller groups with people
like us, but still working with different groups, we find the best possible compromise. 1. Groupthink Is More About Not Angering Those
With Authority One of the most interesting facts about crowd
psychology is the phenomenon of “groupthink.” For those not familiar with it, groupthink
is the tendency in larger groups to not bring up issues that may rock the boat, or cause
controversy or issues even when you know those issues are crucial. The famous example of this is the Challenger
explosion, where groupthink is said to have led to the horrific and totally avoidable
loss of life. Some even teach it in psychology class with
a dramatic reenactment, but many people have learned entirely the wrong lesson from it. Some people hear groupthink and think of it
as a situation where there was a large group, and thus people felt less desire to create
controversy, or just bring up something that could mess things up in front of so many people. However, “groupthink” doesn’t really
have so much to do with groups — large or small — but more of people’s innate fear
of upsetting those with authority over them. Those in charge really wanted the launch to
go off without delay, and fixing even an incredibly minor issue could potentially lead to a very,
very long delay, because space flight often has a very short window to hit. Groupthink is a phenomenon wherein people
are so worried in the short term about upsetting their bosses that they don’t push to do
something that will upset them now, in order to avoid upsetting them worse in the future. Realistically, groupthink could probably occur
in a setting of a one on one with an employee and a boss — people’s short term fear
can override their common sense.

Comments

(83 Comments)

  • Kevin Morrison

    Yea want to see an unruly crowd that started out calm and peaceful just go to Walmart on Black Friday and that will prove the results in this video do not always hold true!

  • Steve Daire

    This channel is strangely addictive

  • AdmiralOddSock

    I was at a Muse concert in Glasgow two years ago, this young girl kept getting touched by guys just taking advantage of her as she was insanely drunk.. her friends were terrified for her, they were all hysterical and didn’t know what to do, what happened next was a guy opens a mosh pit right next the the guys and bumps them around for the next few songs, those guys got hammered in that mosh pit, it was one of the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen., the weird part was it was during muse Hysteria when it all went down..

  • Thomas Darby

    Years ago, I was visiting a friend who owned a restaurant in downtown Oakland, California. There was a peaceful demonstration going down the street by his door, carrying signs and shouting slogans. It remained peaceful until someone began throwing rocks at the police. The police responded with pushing shields and, ultimately, tear gas. Cars were overturned and set on fire, and shop windows were broken as looting began. Luckily my friend's restaurant was not a target. The main crowd was trying to flee the area, and police let them go. Some of the looters, and those who threw rocks and overturned cars, were arrested; and NOT ONE of them lived in Oakland! Most were from the Seattle area, hundreds of miles north. They were simply anarchists, purposely causing a riot. They wore all black and covered their faces. Now, I understand what you've said about crowd psychology… but the most peaceful crowd can be disrupted by those whose goal it is to disrupt.

  • Kev Tan

    While in a crowd I like to chant "IMHOTEP" repeatedly

  • mrt57rn

    I beg to differ. Riots in major cities when MLK was assassinated. Riots in LA pick a year late 60s. Clashes between cops & military vs protesters against the Vietnam war. I'm not putting blame on the citizens…it belongs at the feet of the authorities for their use of violence towards civilians. Kent State massacre May 1970.

  • Michael French

    This first to was taught to me in first aid class twenty years ago. Point at the person and tell them what you want then to do. If you point, there isn't any confusion as to whom is being asked and people feel responsible

  • Mario Stinger

    I agree with all these conclusions. Unless it is a MAGA crowd.

  • Owain Shebbeare

    Waiting for riots in the UK from all the Remoaners, when Brexit finally happens.

  • Mom Cat22

    How to explain sports fan violence … especially riots in the city of the winning team? Recent example = Philadelphia after the Super Bowl, but this has been going on for decades … because???

  • Jo Bassett

    There were 30+ EAR-witnesses. No one saw the woman being attacked. There is a documentary that explains the whole thing.

  • Mixey Boy

    Forgot to mention the 2006 Ultra Coliseun Stampede in the Philippines

  • MaryAnn Brackman

    Tabula Rasa. You said it was in the Middle East, a place where men seem to be ' disciplining ' women in public places at times, and usually people don't intervene because they don't get into the middle of such things.

  • Teenage Prepping

    What is the name of that island fromed by drunk Canadian fisherman that went to war with the USSR

  • skip davis

    you've never been to portland orygun, have you? all these kommunist a-holes rile each other up with some soros money, and: boom! rioting, looting, breaking stuff and hurting people. typical leftist, totalitarian (nazis were national socialists!), control freak, domineering behavior.

  • kesky88

    Only a fan of the movie Boondock Saints would be able to know that fact. I feel like riverdancing!

  • Ronald Raygun

    Anarchists and antifa routinely run riot thru Portland

  • hotdrippyglass

    I would like to see this one followed by one about "hooligans" at – football games – as well as rioting revelers after team sports winning games.
    You and the team do great work Simon. Thanks.

  • Gene jordan

    has anyone seen a trump hate rally??

  • Anil Jagtap

    Crowd of illiterate people can be significantly more dangerous when it comes to violence I believe.

  • RE H

    I don't buy any of it. Crowds are herds of mindless sheep. I avoid them like the plague.

  • penguinistas

    I'd have to disagree with #8 as mobs have gone wild numerous without any real external provocation. Lots of video's about mobs running wild during Spring break, after sporting events, or when electricity goes out. Protesters rioted and torched cars during President Trump's inauguration ceremony.

  • llongone2

    #9 is actually totally easy…if you are in Philadelphia.

  • Social Mathematics

    Humans have two natures.

    The nature of the Wild that they leave behind.

    And the nature of Civilization that they have just met and develop.

    Democracy, Mathematics, and Science are expressed in our genes.

    Mathematics is honest and transparent.

    Democracy is not a Republic. Democracy is honest and transparent like Mathematics.

    Athenian Democracy has been proving this. ( By their internal stability and results )

    These examples of crowds are remains of the past

    and an excuse of the Republic, Oligarchies, and Monarchies to exist.

  • Social Mathematics

    Humanity needs you. Keep going.

  • Yvette devoil

    i cant stand crowds or even busy shops. i stay away

  • Mr. Fahrenheit

    I know this doesn't necessarily pertain to this video but a crowd of racist hateful terrorist such as ANTIFA or BLM are pretty violent lol

  • Aftersex Highfives

    Sorry Simon. But you're off base with this one. Live leak and best gore show that crowd mentality is very real when there's a perceived injustice people will rip others apart with their bare hands. There's millions of videos showing it.

    If there's no perceived crime, crowds are wonderful. Hence why we like music festivals.

  • Andrea Taylor

    I have just watched Today I found out about places where people live the longest, I live in Guernsey & wish to point out a few things, there are rich people on the island but they are mostly ones who took advantage of low tax rates & were not born here but for a lot of local people it'a harder to survive & we pay for our medical care which is why we have a decent one though a lot of people end up in dept to the doctors. Would you do a program on why we are English though we live close to France please

  • Andrea Taylor

    Sorry, it was actually a top ten program

  • tjr3145

    Republicans: "Jobs not Mobs". Simon Whistler: "Mobs are friendly and act ethically……..Also FDR was a Republican who wanted redistribution of wealth and an overreaching government" (and yes, he did say FDR was a Republican).

  • Ray Kewin

    96 Liverpool fans died that day, you said 93 then put up multiple pictures of 96. Idiot

  • iEuno1

    Lots of Propaganda applied to justify markets where the people end up stuck with the money and real estate value evaluation or mortgages without the security to protect it, because they say so… Teaming up with the wrong people because they say they protect you and don't want you to leave, or your family may not be the best international condition if you compare with the worst cases on earth.

  • mike blubaugh

    People crushed by the crowd pushjing against the stage?

  • #1 Tako

    I was unfortunate enough to be at a music festival in Orlando Florida called Earthday Birthday (probably in 2008 or 2009) where a scantily clad lady was crowd surfing when everyone around her started sexually molesting her, to the point where guys were attempting to pull her remaining clothes off (one guy even attempted to finger her). At the time that it happened I would have eagerly joined in yet prior to that I wouldn't have thought of myself capable of doing that. The experience disturbed me because it was like the crowd had hijacked my brain. I never want to go through something like that again.

  • kathykay2010

    It would take the appearance of my Savior to lure me into a crowd of people.
    And, most likely, that event will find very few people gathered or caught up in
    that moment. I pray that I will be happily surprised with a endless crowd that
    is beyond measure!!!

  • SgtMarty

    Big difference between a crowd and a mob, and mixing comparisons of the two in this video is both distracting and deflecting. Each time there is an element of higher emotional states, commonality of active purpose, and criminal actions you are talking about a mob and not a crowd. Mob psychology is very, very different from crowd behaviors.

  • Clifford Hodge

    Not sure where this fits in here, but I believe it was in the 90s that body passing was a problem in college football stands. One person even got passed up to the very top and over the wall entirely, taking a fall from the top of the seating area to the pavement below.

  • roedhunt

    Very interesting. I think it also has to do with where you live. I lived down south for a while and in a crowd, people were still so friendly. Where I live now, however, the majority of people here are rude and in a world of their own and will basically ignore everyone. Now imagine a crowd of them at Christmas time. You couldn't pay me enough to go out in those crowds.

  • MyBrainEatsEverything

    I've been to loads of concerts, many with mosh pits, and the only violence I've ever seen was between two people who had a beef with one another. One happened right in front of me at – believe it or not – a Rod Stewart concert! Didn't expect that one!

    The other time was my friend's stupid boyfriend at a Who concert. Dumbass started a fight with some guy who was climbing over the chairs row by row to the front, but was moving on. MY boyfriend politely asked if he planned on moving on and dude said yes. Then my friend's idiot boyfriend saw dude in our row and punched him without a word! Never went to a concert with him again – and they broke up soon after that. 😀

  • MyBrainEatsEverything

    I've actually helped people out of mosh pits. The one I remember most is at Guns 'N Roses in the 80's. Two really tiny girls were getting smooshed by all the big guys in the pit. Literally, no one could see them, they were so short. I'm not a big girl either, but I could hold my own in the pit, so I basically pushed with my hands and feet on those in front of me to make a tunnel of sorts to get them out. Fortunately the people closer to the edge saw what was happening and helped clear a path for them the rest of the way out.

  • 108johnny

    I know a paramedic who saw a man have a heart attack in a mall. She performed CPR for 45 minutes, no one stopped or called 911, no matter how many people he asked.
    Mall security finally showed up, and they called. Shoppers are the worst.

  • herman greenstein

    So what did Bernie Jacobs really do? How does he really fit into this?

  • Shayne May

    I normally do not comment, but this definitely seems to be a redefinition of the term "groupthink". Come on now you guys. I expect better from you all!

  • Jan Pales

    "if you liked our video press the like button" (and do it as a group)

  • Bernie Zelvis

    “Suffocated due to a lack of air”

  • Robert Telarket

    Hitler and Mussolini both said the mass is like a woman.
    Hitler, only he said, "the mass is like a woman, if you screw her right she'll do anything for you, but if you don't she'll bite your head off".

  • steph g

    5:03 true,humans aren't always crazy in crowds UNLESS there's a sale somewhere

  • LoringHanley

    Very interesting. Thanks Simon.

  • Ricky Hunt

    Can't speak for all situations however When I was in high school there was a fire and people went crazy and just ran like hell to get out some people fell and were stomped on fortunately there wasn't any deaths but some people went to the hospital for injuries.

  • David Nowicki

    "Crucify Him, crucify Him."

  • TwexLex14

    It would be so awesome if YouTubers looked up pronunciations of words before slaughtering them on their channels… Kitty's last name is pronounced jen-O-vees…

  • Brian Walters

    Yeah. Whenever I see a crowd, I 'Nope!' myself into the opposite direction.

  • Kieran O'Sullivan

    96 people died at hillsborough not 93 and the police, football club and ambulance service all played a part the tragedy.

  • Tiger Style

    Not hard to make me violent in a place like Disney lol

  • Momo P

    People are shockingly chill. The fire alarm has been set off a few times in the museum I work at. Almost no one acknowledges the alarm. We have to tell people to leave. Otherwise they continue looking at exhibits or trying to buy souvenirs.

    I'm glad people don't panic. But I'm also concerned by the complete lack of concern and/or urgency.

  • kate baxter

    I live in a small town so have never really been in what others would call a crowd. The first time I went to London I was gobsmacked at the number of people just walking on the street! However, I have two comments. One I am always amazed, happy and gratified when I see people working together to save someone. For instance helping to push a car off a motorcyclist who was trapped underneath or as the gentleman below commented about helping people getting to seats etc. Crowds can be very helpful. Simon is correct when he says humans do want to help humans. The second thing is that video of Queen at Live Aid. The gigantic crowd watching their performance just floored me. Everyone was so happy. As the cameras covered the crowd you could see everyone so happy and into the moment. No pushing shoving just enjoying the show. Another example of a great crowd. PS was waiting for the comments about the Hillsboro disaster. That will remain a abscess on the British memory for generations.

  • Natalie 82

    Just look at the difference between Woodstock and Woodstock 99.( Not taking into account some facade of hippie love and gentleness). At Woodstock there was cheap, even free food and places to separate yourself if you needed to. In 99 it was 5$ or more for a bottle of water, and food was astronomically priced. And you weren't allowed to bring your own in with you. So in both cases it was hot and overcrowded, but one ended as the most peaceful coming together of people, while the other ended in rapes, murder, arson and arrests.

  • Michael Dougfir

    Most people wouldn't think of this, but Scripture actually says not to go with an angry mob. So it is a sin. Therefore, don't expect help or a rescue. If/When trouble starts brewing, it is safest and best to disassociate yourself. Get out of there! Social change is not worth what can happen to you in a mob/crowd.

    In addition, you may notice that unruly crowds lean to the left, socialism, and other unstable things. It's not how America was made, to get something done.
    Remember Kent State. If you frighten ANY authority bad enough, you are not getting your way. You are risking a very bad, desperate control reaction. If you DO this, don't go blaming the authorities after the fact. You might get what you deserve.

  • chula chalupa

    I believed in the basic benign behavior of crowds, until witnessing the appalling audience actions at Trump rallies.

  • Quacks0

    I am the "odd one out" when it comes to crowd mentality, and proud of it, I must say. At more than one funeral, after family members made speeches, nobody else got up to speak till I made the first move, and then lots of other folks followed suit. And at a model-boat race, I was the one who actually took it upon himself to clamber down the back and remove a shoreline-fringe of seaweed that was messing up the boats' propellers. 🙂

  • Quacks0

    I can't help thinking of the "Cabbage Patch dolls" incident where some people were injured and killed by the mad rush to get the first toys of the season… totally crazy actions to take merely over kiddie-toys, and besides, why anyone would have even wanted those hideous-looking things is beyond me, anyway.

  • Quacks0

    7:20 So can simply saying, "Excuse me"… many a time I have been able to fairly quickly make my way through a large throng by merely saying "Excuse me" to others as I unobtrusively thread my way though among my fellow humans 😀

  • Clare Keys

    Pitchforks and torches aren't as outdated as you think. Look no further than Charlottesville, va a couple years ago.

  • P Ribbon

    So are crowds a solid or a liquid?

  • SlavicSteelboi

    Take all the points and reverse them, and then you get Slavic/Easern European crowds.

  • Ed Word Why

    I worked in a pet store in Queens on Austin Street. The rear doorway was where Kitty Genovese's body was found. No ghosts to report, but the locals were very aware of the history.

  • Lifeisoverated

    Boondock Saints. Great movie. Young Norman Reedus. We're sorta like 7-11. We're not always doing business, but we're always opn.

  • Joyus Sohl

    I was recently waiting in the ridiculous 4-hour line To get my drivers license renewed. Yes four hours. We started out in the shade …but gradually the sun moved in …soon we were exposed. I am very fair skinned and cannot stand in sunlight for long. I suggested to the people in the line that we all move over in the other direction to the shade, and they all just stared at me blankly. This was noon in Texas and the sun is wicked. I shrugged, went to my car and got an umbrella and stood under that. They roasted, and I will never understand them. Ennui is a strong force.

  • MeyaRose

    I'm an enochlophobe, so this video is helpful.

  • Dudepool

    "you'll never walk alone" seems a bit insensitive for people trampled in a crowd…

  • Veronika S

    Number 5, crowd tragedy is accidental…

  • eurosonly

    More reasons not to go outside.

  • Y LL

    Have you ever been to South Africa? Not one of these points apply to us here. Sociology and psychology has it completely wrong when it comes to our country.

  • mystery girl

    this channel gets me through my work day like 10x faster

  • Bashie Saineti

    This is the best video on youtube.

  • Germán Rivas

    There is a need for an analysis on Venezuelan crowd behaviour, even in the worst of the oppression and madness, and State terrorism, most people remained peaceful the 2017 and 2018 riots, riots where government paid gangsters attacked and killed several individuals.

  • sin nombre

    Excellent topic & presentation! See Mackay’s “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”, 1841.

  • Jerry Driscoll

    What about the brutal police who love to work off their aggressions on a crowd?

  • jonpaul857

    What about war?

  • Mark Carey

    If crowds were inherently chaotic and violent police wouldn't have to resort to agent provocateurs

  • David Keib

    Too many ads. Way too many. You sold your soul to the ad gods.

  • J Gotti

    Genovese is pronounced Jen oh Veez

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