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

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.

Is Leaving Facebook Becoming Trendy?

In the age of selfie culture and over-sharing, have we finally reached the tipping point? Leaving Facebook for good may be the latest trend in social media.

Moving Beyond Science vs. Religion

Ignorance underlies most claims about the conflict between science and religion

Self-Esteem and Your Inner Biker

The news pumps up the biker “shootout” in Waco. The psychology of abandon cuts through the hype and examines how biker gangs mirror the struggle for self-esteem that shapes all of us—even you and me. Gun your engines.

Lessons to be Learned from the Enron Scandal

What can we learn from Enron? A lot more than you'd think.

Subverting the Trap of Perfection This Mother's Day

Just in time for the Mother of all holidays, a book that applauds the imperfections of getting older. Finally.

The Pleasures of Riot

Indignation and frustration are often taken as their own justification. But are they?

Hearing Music in Baltimore

The response of the Boston Symphony Orchestra was more than just a "feel good" nicety. Here's why.

The Contradictions of Cliches

What common clichés reveal about the popular psychology of our time.

How Big a Fan Are You?

Being a devoted fan often means developing a sense of "belonging" to a larger fan community. That sense of belonging is definitely going to shape the sense of identity that many fans have and it helps explain the enthusiasm you often see at fan conventions, music concerts, and sports arenas around the world.

10 Great Ways to Get to Know New People Without Awkwardness

Icebreakers are a traditional way to overcome the original awkwardness that many people feel when they first form a group. Whether it’s with a class, a set of co-workers, or a volunteer committee, a little psychology will go a long way toward building group cohesion and identity.