Group minds are infectious and possessive. They displace elements of identity at the pre-conscious level, and as such, influence decision-making processes of those involved with the group mind effectively hijacking the individual’s decision-making system. Bonds are intensified by stress, and a group that deals with massive amounts of internal and external stress will have a significantly stronger egregore than groups of similar size but with much less stress.
Once an individual is conscious of the influence of groups, institutions, egregores, and memes, they can more accurately constrain the selection of reactions present in the preconscious mind at any given moment. This allows for decisions to be based on the individual’s intentions and desires rather than remaining hardwired to the options imposed by external entities.