When we panic due to a situation, place, or thing our reactions are individual with little or no effect upon those surrounding us. While we may feel ourselves to be in extremis, the result, be it shortness of breath, shaking, rapid heartbeat, or more symptoms out of the many that may occur, no one around us is likely to be exhibiting any of the same symptoms. Things are different when people or animals panic as a group in response to any number of stimuli, primarily external physical events. We may, as a group, react emotionally, positively or negatively, to another group, as at an athletic event; we may react angrily to a group trying to restrain us, as in a demonstration or rally; we may act unthinkingly and viscerally during a disastrous event. When we react strongly as a group we tend to transform into a mob, a conglomerate of limbs and voices and imitative actions with no head; this is frighteningly dangerous. Although maintaining your head while others have lost theirs, one must realize that trying to reason with panicking people, either singly or in a mob will very rarely do any good and may get you hurt or worse. Unless it is your job one should look after oneself first when engulfed in a panicked mob or when tempted to interfere with a panicked person posing danger to others, don’t you think?