How does the presence of others affect individual behaviour?

How does the presence of others affect individual behaviour? In social facilitation, it enhances performance on easy tasks and inhibits performance on difficult tasks. It appears that others affect our performance by just being there, as evaluators, and by distracting us. In social loafing, the presence of co-performers reduces individual output. The key to understand this effect is that group performance allows task outcome responsibility to be diffused among fellow co-actors. Finally, in certain circumstances, people’s normal inhibitions diminish due to a loss of individual identity, and they experience what has come to be called deindividuation. By inducing anonymity and reducing self-awareness, deindividuation can unleash both prosocial and antisocial tendencies. (Franzoi, 2000)

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I have three major professional areas in my life: Team Dunn Real Estate (Harcourts Real Estate with my beautiful wife Bridget), SDL (Behavioural Science Consulting) and Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu). Stu & Bridget Dunn Real Estate: Providing awesome service and results through our approachable, professional and effective real estate services. http://stubridget.harcourts.co.nz/ SDL: SDL helps our clients to understand non-verbal communication and to avoid deception. We do this by providing online courses, training and specialist advice in areas of behaviour, emotional analysis and detecting deception. Both my wife Bridget and I are also FACS certified. I have also written an International Best Seller, True Lies; A Guide To Reading Faces, Interpreting Body Language & Detecting Deception In The Real World. www.MicroExpressions.co.nz, www.facebook.com/sdlmicroexpressions & www.StuDunn.com Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu): The Wing Chun System, known for its incredible speed, powerful straight punches & Chi Sao (contact reflex training), relies on angling & body mechanics rather than brute force. www.QianLiDao.co.nz
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3 Responses to How does the presence of others affect individual behaviour?

  1. A lot of implications involved in this. Is the study referenced available? Reminds me in part of the Abilene Paradox and consensus by groupthink. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abilene_paradox

  2. Mechelle Ommen says:

    I enjoy reading your posts

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