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Group-Think - • Cohesion is good too much cohesion is bad...

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March 17, 2008 Group-think • A way of deliberating that group members use when the desire for unanimity overrides their motivation to assess all available plans of action. Assumptions that Guide the Theory: • Group problem solving is primarily a unified process • Groups and group decision making are frequently complex • Group members must be aware of the alternatives available to them • Must understand fellow group members • Deal with different influences including age, size of group, sex, intelligence, leadership styles, etc. • Operate knowing they'll be judged by others • Homogeneity - group members have some kind of similar characteristic as a group • Three Cohesiveness - work-together-ability: the glue that holds the group together
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Unformatted text preview: • Cohesion is good - too much cohesion is bad. Conditions of Group-think: • High cohesiveness • Specific characteristics of the environment in which the group functions • Stressful internal and external characteristics • Group insulation (closed system) • Lack of impartial leadership • Lack of decision-making procedures • Stress on group - internal and external Symptoms of Group-think: • Overestimation of group • Illusion of invulnerability • Belief in the inherent morality of the group • Closed-mindedness • Out group stereotypes • Collective rationalization • Pressure towards uniformity • Self-censorship • Illusion of unanimity • Self-appointed mindguards • Pressure on dissenters...
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