Herd Instinct

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Herd Instinct

A sociological phenomenon in which everyone does what everyone else seems to be doing. In investing, the herd instinct is seen most commonly in panic sells and rallies that occur without regard for broader indicators. That is, regardless of the sustainability of a rally or the overreaction of the sell-off, the concept of a herd instinct suggests that traders will continue to follow the trend until contrary evidence becomes overwhelming (or simply until they calm down). See also: Behavioral economics, Crowd.
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I sum up this contrast between egoism and altruism by noting that, to account in evolutionary survival terms for human moral behavior, Darwin round the origin and basis of morality in the social instincts of early humans, while many modern sociobiologists have concentrated on what they term reciprocal altruism, or what is more accurately farsighted, or gene-dominated, mutual egoism.
For him, memory enabled retrospective analysis whereby the more enduring social instincts, he imagined, would ultimately prevail.
SIR - The banning of our ``St David'' and ``Royal Standard of Cymru'' is a gross injustice of the most basic of social instincts, pride of place.
But to argue in this way is not to compare like with like: to say that is not only to state a simple biological fact but to go with the grain of the deepest social instincts of the overwhelming majority of humankind.
55) The literary trend to the very contrary was, then, like the flip side of public consciousness--a latent countertendency at odds with familial values fairly entrenched in Europe's social instincts and attitudes, and outwardly flourishing as never before.
THE banning of our St David and Royal Standard of Cymru is a gross injustice of the most basic of social instincts,pride of place.
Hence after some temporary desire or passion has mastered his social instincts, he reflects and compares the now weakened impression of such past impulses with the ever-present social instincts; and he then feels that sense of dissatisfaction which all unsatisfied instincts leave behind them, he therefore resolves to act differently for the future--and this is conscience.
Horoscope columnist Rob Brezsny announced in "Real Astrology" (New York Press, August 1992) that she was "genetically coded" with impeccable social instincts.
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