Four Social Psychological Principles Of Clown Sighting
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In recent years, clown sightings have become quite common to see in news and social media. It is a phenomenon in which a group of people dressing up as evil clowns in incongruous settings near church, at parking lots and forests. While the majority of incidents are reported as pranks with no evidence of criminal activity, some incidents led to arrest as they involved assaults to individuals, threats to school and even robberies. This phenomenon of clown sightings is constantly occurring in the world around me globally and could be explained by four social psychological principles: group, deindividuation, groupthink and group polarization.
Before understanding the social psychological principles applied to clown sightings, we need to know what group means as clown sightings usually happen in groups. A group is three or more people who interact and are independent in the sense that their needs and goals cause them to influence each other. In the clown sighting situation, people usually do it in a group with three or more people and they interact with each other with a goal to dress up as clown either for fun to prank people or actually doing act that is aggressive and threatening to others, like robbery, to achieve their goal of getting other people’s money for instance.
Deindividuation is the most important principles to explain clown sightings. Deindividuation means people often abandon normal restraint when in groups. This is because in group they lose sense of