Mob Mentality

Mob Mentality

What causes people to burn cars and couches?
     The threat of jail time, fines and suspension or expulsion from school doesn't stop some people and there may be a reason behind it.
     Burning couches and matresses, flipping over cars, these images made national headlines as Solid Blue fans celebrated the Wildcats' win over Louisville in the Final Four Saturday night.
     According to University of Kentucky Associate Professor of Psychology Nathan DeWall, lawbreakers' actions may be attributed to de-individuation.

     "What we find in psychological studies, is that when people are in these large groups, that they would normally do things that they wouldn't do on their own and I think we saw examples of that in response to the Final Four win.  People were engaging in behaviors that they normally wouldn't just because or one reason is because they were in a large group with other people," says DeWall.

      DeWall says to avoid doing something dangerous or illegal, it's important for people to stop and think about the long-term consequences of their actions.
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