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Groupthink - Psychology Definition of the Week

By February 15, 2013

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Have you ever been in a situation where a large group of people seemed to all hold an opinion or belief that you didn't necessarily agree with? Rather than speak up, many people simply remain silent in order to keep the peace and go along with what seems to be the majority opinion. In 1972, a social psychologist name Irving L. Janis coined the term groupthink to identify this tendency people have to strive for consensus within a group.

Learn more about what groupthink is, why it occurs, and what experts have to say about this social phenomenon.


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