Analysis Of Nietzsche's Unconscious Herds

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Marmar Tavasol
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Unconscious Herds
In the following paper, I will be supporting Nietzsche’s theme that being part of a group can be harmful to individuality. I will support this claim by showing that a person’s behavior changes based on the groups they identify themselves to be in. In the book Subliminal, Leonard Mlodinow discusses different studies at length to prove that unconsciously, people are apt to behave differently once they identify themselves to be in a group. Studies have shown different cognitive biases and unconscious forms of behavior are heavily influenced by external factors. One factor that is especially influential is being part of an in-group or out-group, which creates a dynamic where perception and overall behavior towards self and others is greatly changed. In this essay, I will first show evidence from Nietzsche’s writings that support the claim, including his ideas on conformity and the herd versus the higher man. Then, I will discuss the article Nietzsche’s Sociology by Patrik Aspers, where he deliberates the sociology of Nietzsche’s ideas and discusses his contempt for groups, and shows that although there was an inevitable evolution of humanity that needed groups, they do not serve humanity beneficially. Afterwards, I will present empirical evidence of human behavior changing based on the groups they feel they are a part of. Finally, I will conclude by tying Nietzsche’s ideas on conformity with the observed changes in human behavior to
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