What is Groupthink?

Many of us are affected by a thing called ‘Groupthink’ and we might not even know it. We’re affected by it at school, at home, at the office, in our churches, in our voting decisions, by our tastes, our likes and dislikes. But what is it?


“Groupthink occurs when a group values harmony and coherance over accurate analysis and critical evaluation. It causes individual members of the group to unquestioningly follow the word of the leader and it strongly discourages any disagreement with the concensus” (see source). So Groupthink is what happens when there are strong pressures and currents (psychological, social, sometimes even physical coercion) tugging and pushing one to conform. It gets people to say what the majority or leader wants to hear, to say things to compliment the leader, or to say nothing at all (especially when something definitely needs to be said like when someone is being bullied). Sound familiar?


So how then can we get past Groupthink in our everyday? Maybe an awareness of the concept might be a good start. Because if we’re conscious of the idea then we’ll be able to identify it, and then maybe we can exercise some control over ourselves from participating in such mindless behavior. Aside from that suggestion, however, it would be nice to hear some other ideas. Ideas that I’m sure someone out there has and hopefully that someone or someone’s might share by commenting on this post.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post. It was written to create an awareness of a concept that’s quietly operating in our everyday lives despite its many flaws like combustion technology (but with combustion technology sometimes it’s all you got). Hopefully, through education of concepts like this one – we can all work toward a change that’s more useful for all of us and not just some of us.

Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts by commenting below.

Post Author: Chad

A Nobody Just Trying to Figure Things Out.

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