What Is Groupthink?

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. 

Recent posts on Groupthink

The Bizarre Outbreak of Hallucinations in Oregon

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in It's Catching
A mysterious outbreak of hallucinations has U.S. authorities baffled.

What Is Wrong With Social Psychological Science?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on October 13, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
The dysfunctions in psychological science go way beyond replication

Can Society Exist Without Authoritarianism?

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Standard Deviations
Despite much social progress, authoritarianism continues to exist. Studies show authoritarian traits are common. We must ask ourselves "Can society exist without authoritarianism?"

How Cocaine-Rush Feelings Are Stimulated on "The Bachelor"

Here are five examples of ways in which the scripting of reality TV shows enhances “cocaine-rush” feelings in new relationships.

The Psychology of Being Middle Class

Poll after poll reveals that most Americans think they’re part of the middle class even if they’re clearly not.


By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 06, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents interview with Nobel Prize winner, Robert Shiller

How I've Come Up With an Article Topic for 932 Days in a Row

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 02, 2016 in How To Do Life
We all must come up with things to talk or write about. You might try these tactics.

A Happy Ending Matters in this Hollywood Divorce

By Wendy Paris on September 27, 2016 in Splitopia
The negative stories about the Brangelina break-up are dangerous, because the expectation that divorce must be a tragedy for all involved can create just that outcome.

Adverse Features Contribute to Abuse in Polyamory

Isolation, charismatic leaders, and groupthink could facilitate abuse in polyamorous families.

Why Clinton’s “Basket of Deplorables” Is Not Romney’s “47%”

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 12, 2016 in Intersections
Was Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment vicious and vile, or a truthful gaffe?

Are People a Minefield?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
We need to be more careful than ever in what we say.

Explaining Media Psychology in 2017

Media influence on people is like "The Blob"... oozing everywhere. Media Psychologists are the professionals that study the effect of media on behavior everywhere.

How to Avoid Communication Breakdowns

The wording of educator instructions can have a big impact on students.

TRAPing the Lone Terrorist, Part 2

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Intended to help law enforcement agencies identify people at high risk of extreme violence, the TRAP-18 shows great promise though more research is needed.

The 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Has your understanding of 9/11 changed after fifteen years? What issues concern you now?

Media 'Piling On' and Internet 'Trolling"

By Saul Levine M.D. on August 30, 2016 in Our Emotional Footprint
Whenever someone is exposed as having acted destructively, there are outcries of anger in the media and the internet, inevitably followed by ugly, malicious trolling and piling on.

Why Juries Should Be Skeptical of Forensic Evidence

There are many reasons why forensic evidence can be inaccurate and unreliable. The FBI's own crime lab has a 20 year track record of flawed forensic results.

TRAPing the Lone Terrorist, Part 1

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new screening tool to help identify potential lone wolf terrorists is currently being evaluated. Can the TRAP-18 help prevent future violence?

Damn Foreigners!

By Hank Davis on August 19, 2016 in Caveman Logic
Take off your caveman costume and stop blaming the other tribe for everything that goes wrong in your life.

Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch. Every Time. Everywhere.

Budgeting a little time to explain things at work can help build momentum and support. And those can make the difference in success and failure, ultimately the bottom line.

Why Millennials Owe Donald Trump a Big "Thank You"

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 16, 2016 in Just Listen
By doing unto the GOP, what the GOP has done unto the Democrats for decades, Trump might actually be the catalyst that ends divisiveness. Who knew?

Are We Living in Salem Circa 1693? Lessons for America 2016

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on August 14, 2016 in Beyond Freud
A great deal has been written about the dangers of ultra-nationalistic leaders in today's world. But only recently, have we begun to talk about the potential dangers of groups.

"Us" and "Them"...Two Solitudes

People tend to be clannish, and often live in "emotionally-gated communities," in which they seldom communicate. These separations can breed prejudice and conflict, as we often see

Storming on Bastille Day

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on July 25, 2016 in Play in Mind
Sometimes, we learn most when things go haywire.

Is the World More Dangerous Now Than Ever?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
Fear of violence seems to be governing our lives these days. But should it? Could the world actually be safer now than it has ever been?

8 Hard, Big Questions and My Insufficient Answers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
Thinking about these questions can lift us above our quotidian concerns.

When It Comes to Your Money

By Michael F. Kay on July 20, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
"More than 30 people burned in Tony Robbins' hot-coals walk" Associated Press headline June 24, 2016

We’re All a Bit Racist

It may be unintentional, but we’re all a little bit racist.

My Wife Interviews Me

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
Musings on making a difference, the decline of free speech and of good jobs, and fear of death.

Recovery From Bullying Is a Lifelong Process

By Kimberly Key on June 28, 2016 in Counseling Keys
Bullying happens anywhere and at any time in life. It has long-term effects and touches everyone—from the victim to the onlooker and the bully. Learn myths and what you can do.