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 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 in 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 in How To Do Life
How a too laid-back workplace drove a woman into isolation.

Confluence

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 20, 2015 in On Having Fun
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 in 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 in 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 in 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

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in The Prime of Life
What common clichés reveal about the popular psychology of our time.

How Big a Fan Are You?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in Media Spotlight
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.

Brooks's Brothers

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 08, 2015 in One Among Many
David Brooks outed himself as an admirer of religion. When religion rears its head, reason goes down the culvert. Take a look at what he said.

NO MORE: 7 Lessons from the Inside

By Mitch Abrams Psy.D. on February 01, 2015 in Sports Transgressions
With the long overdue awareness of dating and sexual violence finally being raised with No More public service announcements and greater media attention in general, this offers some recommendations to help prevention really hit its mark.

The Pleasures and Perils of Fighting Among Ourselves

The Pleasures and Perils of Fighting Among Ourselves. A polarized group becomes less effective as its members become more certain. By Susan Kolod, Ph.D

9 Tips to Help You Say No and Stick to It

For many people, having to deny someone else’s request becomes a difficult interpersonal problem. Being the naysayer in a group can also be harmful to your health, according to new research on conflict. These 9 tips will help you overcome these challenges.

Parental Adjustment to the Adolescent's "Family" of Friends

As adolescents grow to independence, they grow an independent "family" of friends that can seem to compete with the importance of parents and biological family. Although parents can be less of a social priority during the teenage years, however, they remain an ongoing source of historical, current, and future love.

Is Zero Anger Optimal? Yes (with Footnotes).

By Steven Laurent on November 23, 2014 in Chill Pill
Many argue that a little anger is normal and appropriate. I argue the optimum amount, all things considered, is close to zero. There are some specific exceptional circumstances where anger may value add; but there are exceptions to these exceptions! And in any case they are too few and far between to outweigh the massive gains of a peaceful life.

Freethinkers, Reason, and Religion

By Michael W Austin on November 07, 2014 in Ethics for Everyone
This should not be the case: "As soon as someone tells me--straight-faced--they are a 'free thinker,' I can immediately guess what they think about almost everything."

The DNA of Healthy Conversations

By Judith E Glaser on September 26, 2014 in Conversational Intelligence
What activates inside of us when we are having conversations? Are they healthy or unhealthy? Research show us that healthy conversations open our brain and heart to appreciate others, while unhealthy conversations close down our brain and heart so we don't connect in healthy ways. What are your conversations activating?