The Behavior of Crowds: A Psychological Study

The Behavior of Crowds: A Psychological Study

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The Behavior of Crowds: A Psychological Study

The Behavior of Crowds: A Psychological Study

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Since the publication of Le Bon's book, The Crowd, little has been added to our knowledge of the mechanisms of crowdbehavior. As a practical problem, the habit of crowd-making is daily becoming a more serious menace to civilization. Events are making it more and more clear that, pressing as are certain economic questions, the forces which threaten society are really psychological.

Interest in the economic struggle has to a large extent diverted attention from the significance of the problems of social psychology. Social psychology is still a rather embryonic science, and this notwithstanding the fact that psychiatry has recently provided us with a method with which we may penetrate more deeply than ever before into the inner sources of motive and conduct.

The remedy which I have suggested in Chapter X deserves a much more extended treatment than I have given it. It involves one of the great mooted questions of modern philosophical discussion. It is, however, not within the province of this book to enter upon . . .

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