Leadership studies professor comments on mob mentality

May 23, 2012

Don Forsyth, an expert on group dynamics, comments on mob mentality and how to tell when a crowd is getting out of control.

Forsyth holds the Colonel Leo K. & Gaylee Thorsness Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership in the University of Richmond's Jepson School of Leadership Studies.


"With the conclusion of the NATO summit in Chicago Monday evening, thousands of protestors from around the world are making their way back home.

When large groups of people come together, they can lose their sense of self-awareness and catch a mob mentality. Mob mentality can set in at protests - such as those organized in response to the NATO Summit in Chicago - or at a clearance sale. Social scientists give tips on how to avoid succumbing to mob mentality and to recognize warning signs of when crowds are getting out of control."

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