group·​think | \ ˈgrüp-ˌthiŋk How to pronounce groupthink (audio) \

Definition of groupthink

: a pattern of thought characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent, and conformity to group values and ethics

Examples of groupthink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Predominantly White yoga teaching environments breed a species of groupthink that’s marbled with White supremacist values. Jessamyn Stanley, Glamour, "Yoga’s Got A Race Problem and Jessamyn Stanley Knows You Don’t Want to Talk About It," 26 Jan. 2021 The waves of groupthink are carrying them toward the dominant storylines pushed on Twitter and Facebook, and more extreme hubs like Gab and Parler. al, "Right wing propagandists cast Ashli Babbitt as victim, spy or say she’s still alive," 12 Jan. 2021 Confirmation bias and groupthink can be harmless in the case of fairly innocuous issues. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Parler, MeWe, Gab gain momentum as conservative social media alternatives in post-Trump age," 11 Nov. 2020 And now their complicity in that groupthink largely gets forgotten. John Loftus, National Review, "The Movement against Elites," 2 Nov. 2020 From day one of this season, collaborative groupthink seemed to permeate the house with little-to-no resistance mounted to whomever that week’s Head of Household happened to be. Dalton Ross,, "And the Big Brother: All-Stars winner is...," 29 Oct. 2020 His career reflects the current fashion in ideological groupthink — also a defect of our partisan critical constabulary that has made Martin Eden a film-festival favorite. Armond White, National Review, "Martin Eden Fails the Hero Test," 16 Oct. 2020 This is now becoming mainstream Democrat groupthink. Izzie Ramirez,, "Don Jr. Accuses Democrats Of “Normalizing Pedophilia,” Forgets All About His Father’s Friends," 14 Sep. 2020 On the upside, this can be a great thing for piercing bubbles and preventing office groupthink. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Going all-in on remote work: The technical and cultural changes," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of groupthink

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for groupthink

group entry 1 + -think (as in doublethink)

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1 Feb 2021

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“Groupthink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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