THE CROWD BY GUSTAVE LE BON
Psychology is a wonderful science that simplifies our life in all aspects. Psychology lets you understand the inner reality of everything in this world. Be it a personality of a human being, social fashion, a movement, or a tendency, psychology reveals the very inner reality of different subjects and objects. Therefore, I always try to improve m knowledge and understanding of this science. ‘The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind’ by Gustave Le Bon is a stunning book that will level up your understanding of psychology.
Gustave Le Bon is a French pioneer in the field of psychology. His dates of life are 1841-1931. Thus, this man was one of the founders and creators of modern psychology. He was a social psychologist, sociologist, and amateur physicist. He is the author of several classic books on psychology and sociology.
‘The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind’ by Gustave Le Bon explores the qualities and characteristics of the crowd. The author claims and proves that a crowd of people has a communal mind that is influenced by emotions. A crowd doesn’t have any reasoning, logic, and rational thinking. When dozens of people gather together and they lose personal space, their minds are gone too. In a crowd, an adequate and rational individual loses his mind, and instead, he is influenced by the common emotions of the crowd. At the beginning of the book, Gustave Le Ben describes characteristics of a crowd thinking. Then, he claims and demonstrates that leaders, orators, and speakers influence crowds’ emotions to manipulate and manage them.
I read this book when I was 19 years old. For me, this book has little practical use. Since I am not a leader and I am not planning to lead people, for me, this book is a handbook on ‘How to Avoid Being Manipulated’ by orators. This is a classic book. It is very readable and comprehensive.
You will surely enjoy reading this book if you are into psychology and sociology. Even if you don’t have any interest in the above-mentioned sciences, you should read this book to understand why crowds become violent, aggressive, unmanageable. Sometimes, a crowd of people resembles wild animals in their behavior and reaction. This is ‘the crowd phenomena’. ‘The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind’ by Gustave Le Bon will be an eye-opening book for those readers who are not familiar with this subject.