Human Consciousness and the “Battered Citizen Syndrome”
The Psychological Impacts of War Propaganda and State-sponsored Terrorism
State-sponsored terrorism poses a significant challenge to the psychological well-being of the body politic. While evident in many geopolitical locales, this condition arising from such government abuses is especially prevalent in the West.
Such a disorder is comparable to the psychological manipulation recognized on a micro-level in some spousal relationships.
Herd mentality, or mob mentality, describes how people are influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors, follow trends, and/or purchase items. Examples of the herd mentality include stock market trends, superstition and home décor.
Social psychologists study the related topics of group intelligence, crowd wisdom, and decentralized decision making.