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SocialPsychologyModules20%2621 - Groupthink Conformity...

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Social Psychology Professor Ann Ruecker
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Group Think in Action “RPI students are unhappy” In the spring semester of 2010, undergraduate students in Social Psychology rallied together to discuss their dislike of RPI. Many of the students expressed a variety of reasons including faculty and the administration. Some students did not say a word….what happened here? Do you think all students in the class agreed with the consensus? Perhaps not…. .then, why didn’t they say anything?
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Groupthink Illusion of invulnerability – the group believes that they are infallible and that no one can harm them…. .this is truly an illusion.
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Groupthink Belief in group’s morality….this is unquestioned – the group ignores moral and ethical issues
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Groupthink Rationalization – when the group is challenged, group members do not necessarily want to hear these challenges and will rationalize their point to the end….even if it compromises the truth
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Groupthink Stereotyped view of your opponent – the enemy is “evil”.
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Unformatted text preview: Groupthink Conformity pressure – anyone who raises any doubts about groups decisions may be “disliked”. Groupthink Self-censorship – group members may keep silent because they don’t want to “argue” and “debate”….it’s more comfortable to go along with the group. Groupthink Illusion of unanimity – If no one says anything then everyone thinks that everyone else in the group holds the same opinion. Groupthink Mindguards – these group members keep the leader and other group members from “other information” that they may have to protect the group’s decision. Keeping Groupthink in Check Do not endorse a position until you know all of the facts…be impartial Be the “devil’s advocate” Bring in a consultant with outside thoughts and recommendations Break the group up, and then come back and discuss Call one last meeting before implementing decision Social Psychology Professor Ann Ruecker...
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2011 for the course PSYC 2700 taught by Professor Ruecker during the Spring '11 term at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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