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  • n. The situation where antinormative behaviour is released in groups in which individuals are not seen or paid attention to as individuals; immersion in a group to the point at which the individual ceases to be seen as such.


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de- +‎ individuation, first described in 1952 by Leon Festinger and colleagues.


  • Another phenomenon known as deindividuation, which is an eggheaded way of saying whether someone feels anonymous or not, can even reverse sex differences.

    The Truth About Grief

  • Concepts such as deindividuation - a reduction in the feeling of personal identity and responsibility - are invoked to explain why 'bad things' supposedly happen when people congregate in groups.

    Mind Hacks

  • There was much philosophizing after the riots about "deindividuation"—people losing their mature identity and regressing in the midst of the crowd.

    The Dead-End Cult of 'Burning Man'

  • There's also "deindividuation," when fans supporting a particular team adopt a group mentality and may become uncivil.

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  • Unfortunately, State U near you is headed in the opposite direction, towards massification and deindividuation.

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  • Before we break down our present cultural situation, it will be worthwhile to revisit the concept of deindividuation, which psychologists put forward in the mid-twentieth century to address the question of evil more generally.

    Harper's Magazine

  • As first defined by Festinger, Pepitone, and Newcomb (1952), deindividuation is "a state of affairs in a group where members do not pay attention to other individuals qua individuals"; when in a crowd or pack, the theory ran, each man sees he doesn't stand out and so his inhibitions melt away.

    Harper's Magazine

  • In recent decades, the concept of deindividuation has fallen into scientific neglect, and yet I believe that it possesses great theoretical usefulness today.

    Harper's Magazine

  • This phenomenon is, I think, a simple corollary of the drive toward deindividuation as postulated above.

    Harper's Magazine

  • What the project harnessed was the joining urge, a drive toward deindividuation easily discernible in the New York hipster population.

    Harper's Magazine


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