- the practice of approaching problems or issues as matters that are best dealt with by consensus of a group rather than by individuals acting independently; conformity.
- the lack of individual creativity, or of a sense of personal responsibility, that is sometimes characteristic of group interaction.
Origin of groupthink
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Examples from the Web for groupthink
They create ossified institutions, paralyzed by groupthink and incapable of self-reflection.When America Said "No" to the War on Segregation
February 4, 2014
In this sense and others, Greenberg's is a call for a return to the groupthink and hawkish conformity of the Bush era.A Liberal Critique Of Hagel?
January 2, 2013
We chatted about Twitter, which Milbank says prods journalists toward a kind of groupthink.Dana Milbank's Question: Which Mitt?
October 26, 2012
In fact, just last month, in a piece on “Groupthink” in the New York Times, Susan Cain argued for the anti-Pixar approach.Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine Explores Creativity for Capitalists
March 15, 2012
Howard Kurtz on the dangerous lull before the vote is in—when bad calls and groupthink rule the press corps.The Media's Lousy Crystal Ball
November 1, 2010
- a tendency within organizations or society to promote or establish the view of the predominant group
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Word Origin and History for groupthink
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