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Models of Suggestive Influence and the Disqualification of the Social Crowd

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In his case (the member of the crowd), as in the case of the hypnotised subject, at the same time that certain faculties are destroyed, others may be brought to a high degree of exaltation. Under the influence of a suggestion, he will undertake the accomplishment of certain acts with irresistible impetuosity. (Le Bon, 1895/1960, p. 31) The first suggestion formulated which arises implants itself immediately by a process of contagion in the brains of all assembled, & the identical bent of the crowd is immediately an accomplished fact. (Le Bon, 1895/1960, pp. 39–40)

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Social Reality Crowd Behavior Interpersonal Influence Spiritualist Tradition Mass Behavior 
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