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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As such, real assets are less prone (but not immune from) the herd instinct driving prices up or down.
The herd instinct is always strong in punters and, with the usual motley crew of TV prats to guide them, we can expect plenty of value on the exchanges, particularly in running.
Thus, there was nothing to dig up against the administration, and the herd instinct in the media never was activated.
There is a malevolent herd instinct at work, most noticeably at Westminster, to stuff Labour.
The current herd instinct will have justifiable concern if the entire system, the one in which private enterprise, laissez-faire regulation, and globalisation was replaced by something else.
In times of panic markets are also driven by sentiment and herd instinct but they should recover when confidence returns.
Goat facts:A goat can produce up to nine litres of milk a day Goats more commonly have twins than a single kid Both male and female goats can have beards Goats are very sociable animals, with a strong herd instinct.
Horses with his tendency to idle do so partly as a result of the herd instinct and partly because they have already fulfilled the command to run away from their rivals.
Without enough food and with the strong herd instinct which exists in every bovine, I would have thought that she would have tried to get back to some other animals.
Derek Simpson of Unite said: "We will not stand by and allow a herd instinct to take effect.
Politicians usually run ahead of this herd instinct thinking that if they are not seen to act quickly and decisively then they will not be reelected.
On rarer occasions still something akin to a herd instinct will develop and everyone will follow a leader.