A mounting frequency of deviant but ‘successful’ behavior tends to lessen and, as an extreme potentiality, to eliminate the legitimacy of the institutional norms for others in the system.  The process thus enlarges the extent of anomie within the system so that others, who did not respond in the form of deviant behavior to the relatively slight anomie which first obtained, come to do so as anomie spreads and is intensified.  This, in turn, creates a more acutely anomic situation for still other and initially less vulnerable individuals in the social system.  In this way, anomie and mounting rates of deviant behavior can be conceived as interacting in a process of social and cultural dynamics, with cumulatively disruptive consequences for the normative structure, unless counteracting mechanisms of control are called into play.  In each specific case under examination, then, it is essential, as we have said before, to identify the control mechanism which “minimize the strains resulting from seeming [or actual] contradictions between cultural goals and socially restricted access” to them. (177) (1968, pp. 234-235).