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Deindividuation Deindividuation is when someone acts out aggressively in a crowd or group in which they would not do so if they were alone For some reason people do this even though if they were alone they would not because they would think it would be wrong The reason people do this is because there are enough people that it is unlikely that they will be identified I have experienced this Deindividuation in a Gonzaga Rugby game When one gets tackled in a rugby game a teammate forms what is called a bridge This is where the ball is protected in order for another teammate to pick up the ball and continue to advance up the field to gain a touch basically a touch down I experienced this just after a bridge where there was a huge pile of rugbiers I raked a guy who was at least twice my size because I thought that he would not know it was I Raking is when you take the bottom of your cleat and rake it across someones back The cleats dig into their skin and either cut them or give them abrasions The guys back was to me and I didnt think twice about doing it After thinking about it it seems rather childish It is like when I was a kid and hit my sister and ran from her because if I didnt she would torture me by playing type writer on my chest The experience did not feel wrong in fact it was invigorating I was excited that I was hurting someone and I knew that I wasnt going to get in trouble or be retaliated against The truth is the guy saw who it was and did retaliate He raked me later in the game and I had two cuts on my back for about a month In a sense I got what I deserved and this Deindividuation is not
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