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Why The Opinion Of The Majority Makes No Sense

Author : Farouk Radwan

Submitted : 2012-01-03 15:45:20    Word Count : 508    Popularity:   11

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Under the effect of peer pressure many people find themselves following the crowd even if they arenít sure that they are doing the right thing.
Most people follow others blindly without questioning the direction they are moving in just because they feel safe following a large number of people.
While in some rare cases it might be right to follow the crowd still in most cases this can be one real big mistake and can result in real bad consequences.
Why you should not follow the crowd
This is why you not follow the crowd blindly:
1) Social proof theory: A theory called social proof theory states that people tend to follow the crowd when they are not sure about the direction they should take. This means a large number of people could be following others without understanding whatís right and whatís wrong! This lures more people to follow them and the result is that the majority move in a certain direction even if it wasnít right
2) Do people get results?: a man who wants to be successful always looks to others for guidance and he usually follows the same path of the majority but the question this man never asked himself is, are all of those people successful? Of course not! if you want to follow a crowd then follow a successful one and in real life you will only find one successful person in between hundreds of unsuccessful ones, thatís why following the crowd makes no sense at all.
3) False beliefs and crowds: During the 80ís almost all people believed that no one can ever run a mile in less than 4 minutes but a man called roger banister managed to break that record and to prove the whole world wrong! In this case the whole world had a limiting belief and because roger didnít follow them blindly he managed to prove them all wrong. Donít be afraid to move in an opposite direction even if everyone is moving against you because in many cases the majority can be wrong.
4) Most people act emotionally: Most people act emotionally , without thinking wisely or acting in an emotionally intelligent way. If you always follow others because they outnumber you then sooner or later you will discover that you are taking emotional and hasty decisions that you might regret later.

So does this mean that I should never follow the crowd?
No
I am not trying to say that you should always do the opposite of what all people are doing but instead I am just asking you to use your mind well before you take a decision.
Donít be intimated if you found yourself moving alone because in many cases most people might be wrong.
If you found that others are right then there is no problem in following them but if you had doubts about the direction they are moving in then donít follow them blindly

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