Negative Effects Of Groupthink

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Few group organizations struggle to set up a system that works proficiently for the group as a whole. Sometimes this can lead the formation of toxic behavior and dynamics. Groupthink is one risky group dynamic that can occur. There are usually eight symptoms of groupthink; but to sum up the symptoms are an illusion of invulnerability, collective rationalization of their assumptions, belief in the rightness of their cause, stereotyped views of other groups, direct pressure on the members, a sense of unanimity and members who are involved to protect the cohesiveness of the group. Now when looking at the symptoms of groupthink, it may sound extremely similar to a mean girl clique. Groupthink essentially is a clique. When analyzed, moments like …show more content…
Not only do members of the group truly believe they can do no wrong, but also members “rationalize way any possible negative outcomes. Members think their cause is right and just; therefore, they can ignore any moral quandaries of their decisions” Though focusing can be extremely beneficial, in this case it does plenty of harm; choosing to ignore the negative can be detrimental towards the prosperity of the group. If the negatives or consequences of their actions are put out of mind, then it will be harder for the group to survive after failure. Also, the group as whole may lose their moral compass. Groups may “hold an unquestioned belief in the group’s competence and morality”. Even if the outside world considers the action or decision to be unethical, the group will still believe that they are in the right. By avoiding the negatives, the group discredits any hate towards the action. This can lead to awful actions to be taken that can hurt people because the group believes they are correct in doing so. Overall, groupthink has a high sense of invincibility, which can lead to distasteful …show more content…
Members are constantly under pressure and stress from the leader and other members. After some time of being under pressure, it becomes easier for people to comply to what the group expects. Then, whatever they do becomes habitual and becomes a part of who they are. Groupthink is a phenomenon that easily alters the way a person behaves. For example, in Pat Conroy’s novel The Lords of Discipline four roommates share a bond of friendship like none other. However when one roommate, Tradd, is accepted in an exclusive group known as The Ten, he strays away from the bonds of friendship. One of their roommates, Pig, commits suicide after many harmful acts of The Ten, that Tradd participated in. In an attempt to defend himself Tradd explains, “I’m sorry about our roommate. But they made their own choices. I did not make any choices for them...What our roommate did was simply wrong. He committed an honor violation that had nothing to do with or you or The Ten” (552). Tradd literally cannot see that what he participated in was wrong. He believes so fully in The Ten, that Tradd cannot see that he is part of the reason that his roommate kills himself. The groupthink dynamic of The Ten has poisoned

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