"Creates a unique psychological state in which behaviour comes under the control of immediate situational demands and biological, hormonal urges. With inner restraints suspended behaviour is totally under external situational control; outer dominates inner"
- Zimbardo

The link below is to the situationist. The author uses deindividuation to explain the behaviour of Seung Hui Cho, a student who shot and killed 32 students and teachers and wounded 25 others. Some news reports suggested he had watched the film 'Oldboy' and this influenced his behaviour.

Link to The Situationist article on Deindividuation and the Virginia Tech massacre

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