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herd instinct

noun
1.
the impulse or tendency toward clustering or acting in a group, especially the presumed instinct toward or need for gregariousness and conformity.
Origin of herd instinct
1905-1910
1905-10
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  • The herd instinct may be an explanation of conformity but it does not explain variation.

  • Probably there is one more fact that belongs under the herd instinct.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • Their operation is intensified and regularized by herd instinct.

  • One side of patriotism—gregariousness, herd instinct—has a socially protective origin, and is probably in some form indispensable.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
  • The herd instinct would appear to be something primary, something 'which cannot be split up'.

  • Saupe observed a strong "herd instinct" in all age groups of Blaberus craniifer.

  • Custom is a formidable enemy—that herd instinct of a people which causes it to accept as right the methods of the many.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • I do not object to it being called 'the herd instinct,' so long as we realise that it is a metaphor and not an explanation.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • The herd instinct in animal species develops packs and clans and tribes and states.

  • War is the result of the action of the herd instinct in man upon the old instinct of aggression.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
British Dictionary definitions for herd instinct

herd instinct

noun
1.
(psychol) the inborn tendency to associate with others and follow the group's behaviour
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