What to do if You Have the Disease of the Mind called “Groupthink”

The term “groupthink” is an accurate word to describe intense loyalty given to the 45th President, the January 6, 2020 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the ongoing belief by people that the November 2020 presidential election was illegitimate. This word was coined in 1971 by Yale psychologist Irving Janis. He wanted to diagnose a previously unknown and unnamed disease of the mind which he identified as interfering with people’s ability to make good decisions in a group setting. See this full explanation: https://neuroleadership.fi/…/groupthink-origins-of-a-word/

I see “groupthink” as an accurate term chiefly because I earned my master’s degree in 1976 in part by studying a cohesive group of decision makers in the Hollywood entertainment industry who allowed “groupthink” to infect their business decision making and thus destroy their own fame and financial success . See more: https://drwoodyg.com/hollywood-rock-and…/studying-radio/

A core problem with “groupthink” is that it is a disease of the mind and those who have it deny and disregard it precisely because they have this disease of the mind, per se. Whether they are Hollywood decision makers, elected federal officials, or loyal supporters of the 45th President, people whose behaviors point to “groupthink” symptoms need EXTERNAL assistance to heal this disease of the mind–especially because those who suffer from it often do not believe they need to be healed in the first place. See more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/groupthink

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