Please take a look at Articles on self-defense/conflict/violence for introductions to the references found in the bibliography page.

Please take a look at my bibliography if you do not see a proper reference to a post.

Please take a look at my Notable Quotes

Hey, Attention on Deck!

Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:

I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung


The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.

Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.

“What you are reading right now is a blog. It’s written and posted by me, because I want to. I get no financial remuneration for writing it. I don’t have to meet anyone’s criteria in order to post it. Not only I don’t have an employer or publisher, but I’m not even constrained by having to please an audience. If people won’t like it, they won’t read it, but I won’t lose anything by it. Provided I don’t break any laws (libel, incitement to violence, etc.), I can post whatever I want. This means that I can write openly and honestly, however controversial my opinions may be. It also means that I could write total bullshit; there is no quality control. I could be biased. I could be insane. I could be trolling. … not all sources are equivalent, and all sources have their pros and cons. These needs to be taken into account when evaluating information, and all information should be evaluated. - God’s Bastard, Sourcing Sources (this applies to this and other blogs by me as well; if you follow the idea's, advice or information you are on your own, don't come crying to me, it is all on you do do the work to make sure it works for you!)

“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames (note: you are on your own, make sure you get expert hands-on guidance in all things martial and self-defense)

“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne

I am not a leading authority on any one discipline that I write about and teach, it is my hope and wish that with all the subjects I have studied it provides me an advantage point that I offer in as clear and cohesive writings as possible in introducing the matters in my materials. I hope to serve as one who inspires direction in the practitioner so they can go on to discover greater teachers and professionals that will build on this fundamental foundation. Find the authorities and synthesize a wholehearted and holistic concept, perception and belief that will not drive your practices but rather inspire them to evolve, grow and prosper. My efforts are born of those who are more experienced and knowledgable than I. I hope you find that path! See the bibliography I provide for an initial list of experts, professionals and masters of the subjects.

Social Pressure, Herd Mentality and MOBS

What ever is it that drives what we believe to be sane, honest and moral persons to suddenly turn into the monsters they do, like the old horror story of, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? (1931)”

It begins with human species survival because that time we first stepped out of the primordial ooze to begin walking upright we found that almost all of living entities out there on the plains of the Serengeti were predatory and held far superior methods of death and harm than humans so we found quickly that banning together as one larger and better equipped collective of beings would mean, “Survival!”

Groups, tribes or clans were born because as a collective of minds and bodies we are better able to defend and protect against all those lions and tigers and bears out there. 

Think of the influences involved. First was the hierarchal method necessary for control so things like reciprocity, consistency/commitment, consensus (social proof), authority, liking and scarcity were born even if they didn’t hold those titles back in the time of the Serengeti. Think resources and territory, all necessary to build an environment meant to safeguard and supply the needs of the clan, tribe or group. 

Add in things like station and status and experiences then you begin to understand the cocktail necessary to survive in violent times and situations. It further created a mindset that said, follow others because it is the group that survives so if the others are triggering a certain methodology then it has to be right and just because otherwise we would all die. 

Like all animals that survive in a group or pack, if one feels fear and danger then when their emotions are triggered they bark, growl or howl and that tells all the others in the pack to “turn the on switch to act accordingly for the sake of the packs survival. BOOM, stuff happens and fast.

For humans it can trigger the freeze, flight or fight instinct but for instance if another in the herd is already in fight mode then others will follow to catch up and assume its justified. Mob mentality or herd mentality or Socially pressured activities - oh my!

That is why research has found that, “We as humans are social primates. We are wired to operate in groups AND to be very concerned about our status in a group. Most of human existence was us operating in small groups and limited numbers.

Note: it takes a strong mind, a strong self-control skill-set and a morally driven belief system to overcome herd mentality and “do the right thing.” One Marine in a group setting who steps forward to stop a group of Marines ready to do grave harm by stepping in and ending the infection of emotional rage. If not, a woman of substance would have felt the rage in ways no kind to mind and body. It takes guts, intestinal fortitude, and a right mind-set to stop the social pressures to follow the group!

Note II: just consider for a second the many, acceptable, ways we gather into groups to get stuff done, like: sports, competitive endeavors, military, and social collectives like our culture where we all ban together. Look at all the collectives we call styles or systems and how important it is to collect groups to fill a dojo and to make up that system or style much like a clan, tribe or social entity of like-minded folks.

Three Psychological Theories of Herd Mentality:

First is Contagion Theory, proposes that crowds exert a hypnotic influence on their members that results in irrational and emotionally charged behavior often referred to as crowd frenzy.

Second is Convergence Theory that argues the behavior of a crowd is not an emergent property of the crowd but is a result of like-minded individuals coming together.  If it becomes violent is not because the crowd encouraged violence yet rather people wanted it to be violent and came together in a crowd.

Third is Emergent-Norm Theory that combines the two above arguing that a combination of liked-minded individuals, anonymity and shared emotions leads to crowd behavior

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