Indeed. The “I –> we” shift. I get that a lot in typical online banter: I’ll be talking with what I consider an individual but the individual will respond with “we”, as if there is an invisible collective standing as a force. But, it’s a ghost army and so I continue treating the individual as an individual, which confounds.

Indeed. The “I –> we” shift. I get that a lot in typical online banter:

I’ll be talking with what I consider an individual but the individual will respond with “we”, as if there is an invisible collective standing as a force.

But, it’s a ghost army and so I continue treating the individual as an individual, which confounds.

I laugh every time it happens. I’ll talk to a random person who sees me as representative of the political enemy. Their language is littered with “we” and “us” statements and the “you” is vaguely directed at some ghost army that individual sees with me.

But I ain’t got no army.
That person ain’t got no army.

It’s an odd attitude shift in communication. Amazes me.

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I laugh every time it happens. I’ll talk to a random person who sees me as representative of the political enemy. Their language is littered with “we” and “us” statements and the “you” is vaguely directed at some ghost army that individual sees with me.

But I ain’t got no army.
That person ain’t got no army.

It’s an odd attitude shift in communication. Amazes me.

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It’s probably why I never really understood sports. Like I ‘get’ individual competition. Besting yourself. But rooting for teams generates a vibe that always looks alien to me. I watch folks morph into new creatures in “we” situations. It’s odd.

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For me it’s more been what happens when groups of 3 (or more) converge to a “like mind”.

It’s as if a 4th imaginary person emerges, not comprised of the individuals or pairs in any combination but only showing up with 3+ – and it has a life of its own and they all mimic it.

But when you get them alone or in pairs again it goes away (usually) and you can reason.

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Closest phenomenon in physics I’ve seen is the Efimov state.

The Halo effect so impressed me back in 2014 i made a crude animated gif of it using a 2D cad program.

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