Recent Examples of groupthink from the Web
We were given a common language that sought to bond us, ensconce us in groupthink and separate us from the outside.
His move could be seen as an indictment of the dangers of groupthink in the nation's most important industry — or, more simply, as the case of a billionaire tired of being a pariah to his neighbors.
But in undervaluing the impact of groupthink on what is covered and what is not, in what a largely liberal newsroom will deem as editorially relevant and what is dismissed as not worthy of airtime.
While that cynicism is not always wise, the groupthink in the foreign-policy establishment and among nonproliferation professionals is proof that Trump’s instincts are not always wrong.
When the media becomes judge and jury, groupthink sets in and the mob expresses its indignation.
However legitimate the query, Redick’s response was a good reminder that, to a relative newcomer, the groupthink that has seized the local populous regarding this Sixers squad can seem a tad optimistic.
Management experts say another center of power can help avoid the kind of groupthink that grows in a single location overseen day-to-day by the boss.
In a lengthy internal document which became public last Saturday, James Damore argued in part that women may be inherently inferior to men at writing software, and that discussion of the issue within Google was stifled by progressive groupthink.
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Financial Definition of GROUPTHINK
What It Is
Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon whereby pressure within a group to agree results in failures to think critically about an issue, situation or decision.
How It Works
Let's say John, Jane, and Jeff are fund managers for the XYZ mutual fund company. They meet weekly to discuss their investing strategies and their top picks. The three get along well and trust each other's judgment.
One day, Jeff proposes buying shares of ABC Company for his fund. He plans to make a large buy and says he likes the company's fundamentals. John and Jane go along with the plan and buy the stock for their funds, too. Two weeks later, the stock has fallen by 50%.
John, Jane, and Jeff are the victims of groupthink. They didn't independently analyze the stock and relied on everyone else in the group to point out flaws in Jeff's thinking.
Psychologist Irving Janis coined the term in 1972. Janis cited eight signals of groupthink:
1. Excessive optimism
2. Discounting warnings
3. A belief that the other person's motives are ethical
4. A belief that people outside the group are troublemakers or create conflict
5. Pressure not to disagree with other members of the group
6. Failure to express doubts or differing opinions
7. Assumption that what most of the group believes is what all of the group believes
8. Members who "protect" the leader from conflicting information or dissenters
Why It Matters
In the investing world, groupthink is akin to a "herd mentality." Knowing how to recognize groupthink provides a tremendous opportunity for contrarians to recognize when investors are buying or selling without thinking. This allows contrarians to question trends and even go in the opposite direction.
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