herd mentality


: the tendency of the people in a group to think and behave in ways that conform with others in the group rather than as individuals
Stock investors, riveted by recent market gyrations, need to resist emotional responses and the herd mentality when investing …Ken Schachter

Examples of herd mentality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And herd mentality is real in the VC community. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2023 If someone wants to talk about how our industry’s herd mentality contributed to SVB’s fate, that’s only fair. Nihal Mehta, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of herd mentality was in 1920

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“Herd mentality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herd%20mentality. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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