Thursday, November 13, 2008

DRAW ME: Herd Mentality

Herd mentality
[From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

Herd mentality describes how people are influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors, follow trends, and/or purchase items. Examples of the herd mentality include the early adopters of high technology products such as cell phones and iPods, as well as stock market trends, fashions in apparel, cars, home d├ęcor, etc. Social psychologists study the related topics of group intelligence, crowd wisdom, and decentralized decision making. People in these herds are broken up into two groups, explains Friedrich Nietzsche, a philosopher who coined the phrase. One lended itself to the religious points of views- their beliefs and how those dictated their actions- while the other lended itself to influence by the media- more liberal and based upon what others perceive as 'right' (following trends, social norms, etc.).

I think we see ourselves in some way belonging to a herd. Like Illustration Friday, I am posting this so we could illustrate and interpret it with our doodles and illustrations. Only when you feel like doing so.


Don Low said...

No comments at all? :( I guess everyone is too busy. :P

i_am_ksf said...

there's this thing psychological ... it's in the cells; that's why in the chinese saying, there's something called "fu qi lian" (meaning husband n wife look alike). our cells will actually "morphed" / "imitate" to "be like" / "rub off" a certain behavior to peeps you hang out with often. =) interesting! same goes for styles, and in our case, we always started off imitating styles / cartoons characters/ comic ... ok good night!

Don Low said...

Cool! That's another way to look at it.

AG said...

i've read somewhere before, regarding the "fu-qi lian" phenomenon, the gradual changes to similarity between couples/close friends/etc is because we often mimic the facial expressions of the partner, thus building up the different parts of facial muscle. whether that is true or not i have no idea though.