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Group Think & Group Polarization

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 29 September 2014

 


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Group Think & Group Polarization
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 171
Posted DateMonday 29 September 2014 16:45 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

Two of the biggest challenges facing group conversation are how to overcome Group Think and Group Polarization .
Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome.

Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints, by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences.

Group polarization refers to the tendency for groups to make decisions that are more extreme than the initial inclination of its members.

These more extreme decisions are towards greater risk if individuals' initial tendencies are to be risky and towards greater caution if individuals' initial tendencies are to be cautious.





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