Stay away from groupthink

Stay away from groupthink

Peter talks to Paul who talks to Mary who talks to Bill and they all agree to agree that Mr X is a total disgrace.

Because they are unanimous, and because they are friends or work colleagues who gravitate towards each other, they probably share similar views anyway. Ah, groupthink . . .

Groupthink, according to Psychology Today, “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 consensus”.

 Yale research psychologist Irving Lester Janis derived his theory of “groupthink” to describe the systematic errors made by groups when making collective decisions. He spoke of situations where concurrence-seeking in a group can override discussion of alternative decisions.

We are all different. We have our own dreams, ideas, and ways of doing things. So when we hear them add “I can’t believe ANYONE would support/oppose (fill in sports team, political candidate, etc),” it becomes absurd.

One of the great enemies of debate, free-thinking, and individuality is the notion that all of us must feel the same way about certain things. It is one of the great paradoxes that the media, which should encourage debate, seem all too willing to indulge in this groupthink. And then, of course, there’s Hollywood, where you dare not open your mouth to disagree with the official line.

To aim for total agreement, is of course, ridiculous. Someone, somewhere, will support, or oppose, almost anything. Heck, some people even admire the Kardashians. We needn’t agree with them, we might not like their reasoning, but if that’s what they believe, that’s their concern and no-one else’s.

I’m sure if you took a poll out there, you’d discover that many people think internet marketing doesn’t work. Well, you don’t believe that one, do you?

You can believe as you wish, but thousands who are members of Wealthy Affiliate would tell you that you can make a decent dollar online.

History is strewn with people who did not accept the politically correct, or widely held positions of their day. Some of them were crazies, but there were plenty who were proved correct in the end. Real pioneers.

As Ira Gershwin wrote: “They all laughed at Christopher Columbus . . .”

What do you think? Please comment below.

2 Comments

  1. Short and to the point and a little strange. Not a typical post but good.

    • Thanks Curtis. We each have our own ways!

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