In human relationships, group size is a key factor. In the past few decades, researchers have found that a group of people with the same goals, expectations, and values are more likely to bond together as they become more dependent upon each other.
It’s interesting to see the relationship between group size and the probability of deindividuation. By this I mean that group sizes, even at the largest, are usually very small. The question, then, is what’s the relationship between group size and the probability of deindividuation.
This study was conducted by the University of Georgia and looked at the relationship between group size and the probability of deindividuation. The results show that a group of people with the same goals and expectations is more likely to bond together as they become more dependent upon each other.
For example, if you’re a single person, you might not have much choice about where to go for lunch, let alone who to go with. But if you’re in a crowd of other single people, where you can choose your friends, or start a new one, then this is how you might start to bond with people. The same holds for groups of people.
So why does the probability of deindividuation seem to be lower for large groups? One explanation is that larger groups are more social, and thus more likely to bond. But this isn’t the only explanation. Another reason could be just that individuals in larger groups are not as affected by a lack of identity. Maybe they’re used to feeling like they’re unique. Perhaps they’re more likely to feel like their social identity is important.
So in the end we cant really say who the most likely group to deindividuate is. We can say that it is the largest one, but even then the odds are still good that a larger group will deindividuate. What we can do though is to look at the more extreme cases. There are a number of people who have lived in large group for multiple decades who have deindividuated.
If youre talking about the most extreme cases, like the very large and very small groups that the deindividuated have, you wont be surprised to hear them say that they dont even know who they are anymore. They will be happy to claim that theyre deindividuated because no longer feel that they have a sense of self. Theyre happy in their new identity as part of the larger group.
The very small is the extreme case because in the very small group, people feel like they have a sense of self. They are happy in their new identity as part of the group and feel like they have control over their lives. But in the extreme case, no one feels like they have a sense of self at all. It is like they don’t even exist. This is why the very small group is rare and the extreme case is an average case.
You can feel this deindividuation happening in your own group. You have a sense of self. But you also feel like you don’t have a sense of self. You dont even feel like you’ve got a sense of self. You feel like you dont really exist, or like you’re a complete stranger to yourself. This is why the very small group is rare and the extreme case is an average case.
Now, I’m no psychologist, but I’d like to think I’m one. To me, deindividuation is the natural result of having too much attention to something, which is exactly what we’ve experienced with the video game Devil May Cry. By having too much attention to something, we are being overwhelmed and we end up feeling like there’s nothing we can do.