Jun 102014

Conforming to folkways and mores is natural, and it can help a society function cohesively and smoothly. There is, however, a threshold at which conforming becomes maladaptive and produces poor decisions. Crossing this threshold leads us into the phenomenon of “groupthink,” first studied by social psychologist Irving L. Janis.

Groupthink is a maladaptive manifestation of conformity in which the desire for unity by the group members results in an incorrect or deviant decision-making outcome. Groupthink is the proclivity of members of an “in-group” to conform to the prevailing view within this particular group, as well as to apply peer pressure that strongly discourages alternative views from being expressed and evaluated. These dysfunctional dynamics produce an inflated sense of certainty in the decisions of the group, and they often result in irrational and dehumanizing actions by the in-group toward an “out-group.”

(Read the full article and find links to other articles in this interesting series.)

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  5 Responses to “Why Do Good People Become Silent—or Worse—about 9/11? – Part 7: Groupthink”

  1. It’s sad to think how you have so many issues in your Country that go unaddressed, because you are too worried about America, or is it that your Country is using America as a tool to pit your ideological myopic oppressive ideas towards the USA. I truly wish the worst on you people and Country for believing that such incredulous acts of sedition, but then again, you NZ and your knowledge base is limited to what your Country preaches to you. I hope everything is going well in Christ Church btw, and that you focus you anger towards issues in your own Country.

  2. What??? My comments are awaiting moderation!! Is that because your Government cenors anything that is antithetical to you communist believes. America should just wipe the slate clean with you white racist and fascist Hitler loving supremacist so the Mouri can live in peace.

  3. What an extraordinary, inarticulate diatribe. No attempt to address the points made by Dr Shure. If this is the best you can do, you have done 911 Truth a service. Let’s have some more!

  4. Where did this scum come from ?
    I wonder if he has enough health insurance ?
    He seems to be lacking his proper dose of medication , not unusual for Americans after all.
    I would hazard a guess and say he probably voted for Bush …TWICE !
    “It’s sad to think how you have so many issues in your Country that go unaddressed” ,hehe compared to America we are the land of plenty …just count the homeless living on the streets ,just look at the bail outs ,just look at the illegal wars and the appalling treatment of returned soldiers from the illegal wars…

    You know why they call it the “American dream” ? Because you have to be asleep to believe it.
    This person obviously lives in America because all the smart ones have left !

    • Actually, Mick, according to his/her IP address, which is not necessarily a reliable indicator, Mr/Ms “altruistic76” is based in Western Australia. I thought that s/he epitomised well the people who can’t handle the truth. 🙂