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The Herd Mentality: Three Times When Following The Crowd Can't Help You

We’re all guilty of following the crowd at some point in our lives. We’re only human, and making up our minds isn’t always easy. In some ways, it makes sense that we would turn to what’s popular. After all, it’s got to be popular for a reason, right? Sometimes, this flock mentality pays off. A restaurant creating a buzz is probably doing so because it serves good food. So, you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy a visit there. There are good reasons why following the crowd has a bad reputation though. A lot of the time, it doesn’t pay off. For proof, we’re going to look at a few incidences where following the crowd is sure to let you down.


In Health

Let’s be honest; we’ve all jumped on the latest diet bandwagon. For the most part, though, such diets fade as soon as they appear. The buzz dies down, or a doctor reveals the damage they can do. Whatever the reason, we’re left out of pocket and none the thinner. Even exercise workouts fall foul to this curse. As can be seen by this review on http://www.bikinibodyguidereview.com/, popular options often offer nothing more than their counterparts. Worse, they cost the earth. The popular route is almost always the most expensive.

But, surely the most popular healthy options are the best? Wrong. While the ‘popular is best’ mentality works in the cases mentioned above, it doesn’t apply here. Our bodies are all different. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution. You need to tailor your diet on what works for you, not what everyone else is doing!

In Personal Opinions

Following others could also let you down when you’re forming personal opinions. Opinions are a tricky thing, and we often repeat arguments we’ve heard others making and pass them off as our own. If a topic arises which you’re not informed about, it makes sense to fall back on what little knowledge you have. But, this method can backfire. If someone engages in an argument or debate because of something you’ve repeated, you won’t be able to back yourself. You’ll look more misinformed than you would have otherwise. The way around the issue? Take the time to inform yourself. Gather information from different sources, and use it to form an opinion you can back!

In Fashion

The area we’re most guilty of following others in is fashion. We all attempt to keep up in one way or another. As sites like http://www.gurl.com show, designers can bring the most ridiculous styles they fancy, and we lap it up because we saw other people wearing them. Worse, the most popular clothes are usually the most expensive.

At the end of the day, much like diets, our fashions are personal to us. They reflect who we are to the outside world. So, you can’t afford (literally and metaphorically) to opt for what’s popular. You owe yourself better than that.

Keep in mind, that there are times to follow the crowd, but even more important there are times to forge your own path.

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