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instinct

 [in´stinkt]
a complex of unlearned responses characteristic of a species. adj., adj instinc´tive.
death instinct Freud's concept of an unconscious drive toward dissolution and death, in opposition to the life instinct.
herd instinct the instinct or urge to be one of a group and to conform to its standards of conduct and opinion.
life instinct Freud's concept of all the constructive tendencies of the organism aimed at maintenance and perpetuation of the individual and species, in opposition to the death instinct.

herd in·stinct

tendency or inclination to band together with and share the customs of others of a group, and to conform to the opinions and adopt the views of the group.
Synonym(s): social instinct

herd in·stinct

(hĕrd in'stingkt)
Tendency or inclination to band together with and share the customs of others of a group, and to conform to the opinions and adopt the views of the group.
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But the tender emotion was precisely what gave a significant contemporary take-up of Trotter's 'herd instinct' its utopian force.
What I got out of that was there had been an enormous amount of herd instinct and people being reluctant to being the first ones to get out.
But those will be enough to make the herd instinct kick in.
Over the past two years, the warnings of scientists and the critical observations of a few journalists have produced a modified reverse herd instinct: Nearly "everyone" now "knows" that ADD is near-impossible to diagnose, that Ritalin use is rampant and open to abuse, and that many "normal" youngsters are misdiagnosed with ADD.
"It's the herd instinct. We've got to stamp it out" - Commons Speaker John Bercow who wants to put an end to "bellowing" MPs during Prime Minister's Question Time.
"It's the herd instinct. We've got to stamp it out" Commons Speaker John Bercow, who wants to put an end to "bellowing" MPs during Prime Minister's Question Time "I don't really like romantic movies very much and I hate talking about feelings, so I'm definitely a man in disguise" Actress Dame Helen Mirren "Paul McCartney has an ego bigger than God's" Comedian Billy Connolly "You don't go into racing for the money.
The herd instinct. In fact, we all hang out to some extent.
Shares, therefore, may be driven by the "herd instinct".
Although Ree himself shares this approach, in the second half of the book Small examines how and why Nietzsche increasingly begins to distance himself from "Reealism." While Ree understands philosophy as a predominantly descriptive and explanatory undertaking, Nietzsche himself argues during the early 1880s that the task of philosophy is in fact normative in that the "philosopher of the future" creates new values and standards for human agency, thus overcoming the "herd instinct" that shapes traditional moral communities.
There is a herd instinct. The consensus is to avoid negative images.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: 'The bank was right to ignore the herd instinct of the City, urging a higher rate.'
It must become a habit of the mind, nurtured in newsroom environments open to fresh ideas, encouraging of creative ways of looking at old subjects and resistant to the herd instinct.