Deindividuation

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Cyberspace A loss of self-awareness, decrease in social inhibitions and increase in impulsivity, related to the virtual anonymity and pseudonymity of the e-world and e-communication
Psychology The loss of a sense of selfness and acquisition of a herd mentality and/or group norms, when one is incorporated into a group and confronted with arousing external stimulation
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Given the public attention to incidents of Internet predation, this research suggests that the deindividualization created by communicating from behind a computer screen may facilitate the process of portraying a disingenuous self," they added.
Bureaucrats are enslaved to the idea of sameness, of function, of repetitiveness, of the cookie cutter, of deindividualization, of precision.
The deindividualization of clients' problems in order to see them in a wider social context can assist students toward a model of treatment that is more inclusive of the individual client's experiences and that incorporates a recognition of coping, and resistance to oppression.
Linz Audain, Critical Cultural Law and Economics, the Culture of Deindividualization, the Paradox of Blackness, 70 IND.
Behavioral theories, particularly the Theory of Deindividualization, are highlighted to illuminate underlying assumptions and behavioral intentions of computer users and are used to develop a set of computer ethics policies and procedures.
She adds that the deindividualization of the notion of pregnancy makes women's reproductive health an issue of public health policy that is evident in legal cases concerning in vitro fertilization and maternal surveillance.