How Groupthink is Turning Our Kids Into Moral Midgets

Godfather Politics Groupthink is a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis (1918–1990). Janis served as a research psychologist at Yale University and was professor emeritus at the University of California.

Groupthink “occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of ‘mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment.’ Groups affected by groupthink ignore alternatives and tend to take irrational actions that dehumanize other groups. A group is especially vulnerable to groupthink when its members are similar in background, when the group is insulated from outside opinions, and when there are no clear rules for decision making.”

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