Tips To Avoid Falling Under The Influence of Herd Mentality

July 14, 2017

Tips To Avoid Falling Under The Influence of Herd Mentality

As police officers you can’t run the risk of falling under the influence of herd mentality can mean situations and hurt others.  Just as a reminder, herd mentality is the effect that causes people to fall into step with a crowd’s actions.  It may be common place but it is possible to avoid playing into it.  Let’s take a look at some of the best tips to help you from falling into the category of herd mentality.

Consider Every Option You Take

We all make decisions that we will later regret.  In some circumstances this is because we move, talk, or otherwise get through the day on auto-pilot.  Whether this is to get through something that is boring or to get through something that just isn’t fun, we do it.  Taking time to get out of this auto-pilot mode and analyze everything you do during the day will help to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of mob mentality.

Form Opinions and Know Them

It is important to form opinions throughout our lives, these help us know what we stand for.  It also helps us from misspeaking and supporting something that we don’t actually support.  Educating yourself about things that you encounter and sampling different activities and foods helps you to develop your own opinions.  Having your own opinions gives yourself something to remind yourself of when the herd is telling you what they believe.

Having opinions is fine for any profession, including law enforcement.  What you need to ensure is that your opinions do not affect how you carry out your shift.  Opinion powered decisions can ignore the law so ensure that you keep all factors in mind.

Learn To Be Comfortable With Conflict

As a rookie police officer, many officers aren’t completely comfortable with conflict as they could be.  You become more comfortable with conflict between you and those you are around quickly.  However, it isn’t easy to become comfortable with conflict between co-workers.  Becoming comfortable with this conflict will help you defend yourself against herd mentality.

Our natural feeling for conflict is to try and resolve it, especially when it is at the workplace.  However, conflict sometimes happens.  It’s what you do to mitigate that conflict that matters.  You don’t want to agree just to stop there from being conflict.  You want to agree to disagree.

Accept The Fact You Won’t Always Be In The Majority

Recognizing that you won’t always be in the majority of people is important.  This helps to keep you focused on your beliefs and opinions.  Without recognizing that you won’t always be in the majority, you are likely to accept the beliefs of the group.  You will want to fit in no matter what.

The reality is that many groups will accept your beliefs as long as you don’t try to push them on to other people.  The world and cultures are made of diverse groups of people.

Following these tips will help you to avoid herd mentality or group think as it is sometimes called.  The most important part is always considering your decisions though.  Do your best to not make rush decisions.  Even if it is only a few seconds to make decisions that can help you.  Of course, in the field you will have to take actions.  Don’t let analyzing interfere with your safety.  Safety first, last, and always.





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