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

Critical Thinking 101: Why Lies Travel Faster than Truth

Mark Twain said it best: "A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."

Millennials to the Rescue

How are millennials leading the charge to constructive social change? They are moving away from traditional social approaches to categorization of people (and hence marginalization) to increased inclusion increasing the possible health and well-being of others.

Use Black Diamonds to Trigger Change

By Nick Tasler on November 11, 2015 Strategic Thinking
What the psychology of social change can teach us about getting our kids to bed on time and keeping our co-workers from taking jabs at each other.

Why People Become Sheeple

By Wendy Treynor Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Identity Shift
Anyone who has been a victim of the herd mentality-- whether for being a black sheep or going along with the herd- will want to know why people become sheeple— how the peer pressure process works, whether on the playground, in the locker room, in the boardroom, or on the battlefield.

Are You Teaching Or Preaching?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 22, 2015 Ambigamy
When we teach people how, but not what to think, are we crossing the line into proselytizing? Some say yes, which limits public education in critical thinking much to our national disadvantage.

Why Do Patients Stop Dying When Doctors Go on Strike?

Doctors withdrew their labour, in the different strikes analysed, from between nine days and 17 weeks. Yet all the different studies report population mortality either stayed the same, or even decreased, during medical strikes. Not a single study found death rates increased during the weeks of the strikes, compared to other times.

What Can We Learn from Ben Carson's Brain?

By Guy P. Harrison on October 15, 2015 About Thinking
It takes more than a high IQ and an impressive education to be a good critical thinker.

A Tortured Analogy

By Robert J King Ph.D. on October 14, 2015 Hive Mind
Psychologists and the use of torture: Can it ever be justified?

Five Ways Teams and Leaders Can Deal with Negative Attention

By Laura M Miele Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 The Whole Athlete
Great communication and mental health awareness are present in successful teams like the New England Patriots. Coach Belichick and Tom Brady have exemplified their leadership skills and created a mentally tough team that can turn negative energy into something powerful.

What Is a Democracy?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on October 10, 2015 Hidden Motives
Jimmy Carter's shocking statement about our democracy disappeared in the media

Through the Looking Glass: Unqualified Candidates Poll Well

In Wonderland, persons who have never served in public office are viewed as best qualified to serve in public office.

Because Someone’s Got to Do It: How to Be a Critical Thinker

Why it's good to resist the allure of black and white thinking, single sources of information, and conversations only with persons who always absolutely agree with you.

Rampage as a Team Instinct

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 A Swim in Denial
Humans have evolved powerful social bonding that shows up in group rivalry and team spirit. In civilization, where strangers can live together, the lethal competition of warfare is safely symbolized in team sports such as football. In rampage killing, as in the Roseburg Oregon massacre, that symbolic quality breaks down.

70% of Wives Kill Their Husbands: I Read It on the Internet

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 22, 2015 Intersections
The internet and TV are wonderful sources of fictional truths. Consume multiple sources critically.

Once More With Feeling

By Robert J King Ph.D. on September 15, 2015 Hive Mind
Crisis schmisis. This is how science works. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

The Psychology of Secret Mind Games Behind Drone Wars

A clandestine aspect of drone warfare is the psychological impact on a population of being constantly spied upon, to the extent of preventing them leading normal lives and, oddly enough for a supposed 'anti-terror' weapon, terrorising them, as exemplified by Zubair Rehman's testimony to the U.S. Congress.

Political Correctness Is Bad, When Applied Incorrectly

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 Insight Therapy
Trigger Warning: This piece may deeply frustrate those who feast on political correctness hysteria

Steve Jobs - The Visionary in the Man (in the Machine)

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 02, 2015 Just Listen
It seems we can't let go of Steve Jobs until we figure our the secret to his genius, so that we can all think like one. Use this 4 step formula to come darn close.

The History and Psychology of Warrior Women

Warrior Women, Archetype, History, Psychology

Can You Escape Bias?

Is is possible to be completely bias free? Even with the best of intentions, the forces of social conditioning can interfere with our perceptions and constructions of one another. Have you ever misjudged someone, or been on the receiving end of wrong assumptions? How can we overcome these limiting tendencies in favor of embracing and appreciating our many dimensions?

Women Held for 30 years in Slavery - 'Traumatic Entrapment'?

Three women rescued from horrific conditions after allegedly being held as slaves for 30 years, are described by the British Metropolitan Police's human trafficking unit as 'highly traumatised'.

Are You Building a Community, or an Organization?

Developing a sense of community in any organization is usually a plus, but keep in mind that a true community is a very difficult achievement. Most businesses and even non-profits ultimately must prioritize their organizational goals, otherwise they are likely to become a thing of the past.

The Collapse of Values and My Local Car Dealership

What an efficient group of employees! Then why do I feel so bad?

Is Religion an Excuse for Laziness?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 12, 2015 The Human Beast
Historians associate the Protestant reformation with the rise of capitalism. Protestants found a new sense of responsibility for their own salvation. They worked harder for material success as well. Members of earlier, less individualistic, religions did not work as hard. Was their religion an excuse for laziness?

APA, Torture, and Context

How did APA and psychologists become involved in possible collusion with torture and "enhanced interrogations"? Context matters.

Stories of Seclusion: An Immigrant Shocked at Her Workplace

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 25, 2015 How To Do Life
How a too laid-back workplace drove a woman into isolation.


Confluence - the force that draws us together

Stories of Seclusion: "I'm Not of This Planet"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 18, 2015 How To Do Life
Feeling out of step can drive one to physical and mental seclusion.

A Deeper Look at the Evil Within

By Guest Bloggers on July 17, 2015 Brainstorm
When ordinary people took on roles of prisoners and guards, even the researchers were shocked at what happened. With the release of a Stanford Prison Experiment movie, here's a look at the research surrounding the study people are still arguing about decades later.

Stories of Seclusion: He's Out of Step With the Times

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 09, 2015 How To Do Life
A conservative who feels dismissed by the mainstream.