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The act or practice of reasoning or decision-making by a group, especially when characterized by uncritical acceptance or conformity to prevailing points of view.


(Sociology) a tendency within organizations or society to promote or establish the view of the predominant group



the tendency of a decision-making group to strive for consensus and to avoid critical examination of alternatives.
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Noun1.groupthink - decision making by a group (especially in a manner that discourages creativity or individual responsibility)
deciding, decision making - the cognitive process of reaching a decision; "a good executive must be good at decision making"
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If your view of youth in China involves drab clothing and groupthink, it's time to come into the 21st century.
The worst-case scenario is a world of homogeneous groupthink.
There is much groupthink in the game today and anyone who disagrees with any position they espouse is scorned at every turn.
Yet, if the case were all that strong that Russia did "hack" the emails, you would have expected a straightforward explication of the evidence rather than a demonstration of a full-blown groupthink, but what we got this weekend was all groupthink and no evidence.
This is compounded by the phenomenon of groupthink, manipulation of popular emotions that are devoid of conscious thinking, the flawed readings of facts and events, and the psychological conditions of some people, all of which result in a significant impact on the rising trend of extremism.
So I don't think my own dissent at a basic level is often worthy, especially because I am daunted by groupthink.
Damore, who criticized in his memo "Google's left bias" and "ideological echo chamber," has since become a hero to some on the far right, who have attacked what they characterize as politically correct groupthink in Silicon Valley.
She explained her resistance to holding up the metaphorical banner of "Je suis Charlie" as part of an effort not to jump to conclusions, not to join in groupthink, to avoid having knee-jerk reactions just because everyone else was vulnerable to them.
Arts world groupthink," sneered the Brexit operative who was sent into the TV studios by the Leave campaign to urge Britons to subscribe to alternative groupthink about taking back control.
If decisions become "affirmation" of the group rather than "information", independent critical thinking is then replaced with groupthink.
A behavior researched by psychologist Irving Janis, groupthink is what happens in small and cohesive groups "when critical thinking typically loses to the forces of consensus.