herd instinct


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herd instinct

Psychol the inborn tendency to associate with others and follow the group's behaviour

herd instinct

[′hərd ‚in‚stiŋkt]
(psychology)
Psychic need for identification with a group.
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57) If the modification of the primary instincts by the herd instinct introduced variation, that sensitiveness which was the distinctive capacity of gregariousness therefore became a platform for human progress, and projected human purposes beyond individual survival towards a collective future, introducing a new temporality--of social change--to associational life.
lt;p>Leeuwen explained that the fact markets are driven by a herd instinct is also an intrinsic part of human nature that a computer can bypass.
In the West, where social life is more extensively developed than ours, the herd instinct manifests itself with greater power but there it finds a more noble form: the form of a party outlook: there every party firmly knows the leader which it follows .
In times of a crisis such as the current one, it is common for investors to give themselves in to rumours and display herd instinct, Fincorp said adding that this results in the dumping of stock at abysmal prices booking huge losses which generally prove to be very expensive in the long-term.
And yesterday he warned that following the herd instinct in Western finance was not something that Islamic finance, even with its strict Sharia-compliant principles, was immune to.
Instead, it's likely yet another manifestation of pack journalism, the herd instinct that can transform otherwise independent, even prickly, reporters into lemmings.
Ionesco's bizarre satirical pun on the herd instinct, "Rhinoceros," has its problems, but Dominic Cooke's splendid revival makes the best possible case for the return of an entertaining, unsettling play.
The herd instinct led too many entrepreneurs to pursue first mover and "get big" strategies "despite the questionable economic and strategic logic of that approach.
The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent
That led all the oil companies, displaying the herd instinct that they are so famous for, putting nearly all their exploration eggs in one basket and concentrating all their energies on this region while virtually ignoring East Africa.
He profiles a group, one of them a women, who carried these common values, did not think of themselves as part of a cult or faction, and were not ruled by the herd instinct.
But it doesn't take long for herd instinct to kick in.