The crowd a study of the popular mind french psychologie des foules literally psychology of crowds is a book authored by gustave le bon that was first published in 1895 in the book le bon claims that there are several characteristics of crowd psychology impulsiveness irritability incapacity to reason the absence of judgement of the critical spirit the exaggeration of sentiments . In a crowd every sentiment and act is contagious and contagious to such a degree that an individual readily sacrifices his personal interest to the collective interest the crowd a study of the popular mind gustave le bon. The rise of mass media has changed the way societies think and that they can think as a whole french psychologist and sociologist gustave le bon 1841 1931 recognized that late in the 19th century when he wrote what would become a foundational work of the study of the psychology of the masses from criminal juries to parliamentary assemblies religious sects to economic classes le bon . Internet archive bookreader the crowd a study of the popular mind internet archive bookreader the crowd a study of the popular mind . Gustave le bon the crowd 4 preface the following work is devoted to an account of the characteristics of crowds the whole of the common characteristics with which heredity endows the individuals of a race constitute the genius of the race when however a certain number of these individuals are gathered together in a crowd for
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