Studying for my Gcom final today, I ran across the definition of groupthink again.
Groupthink is a type of thought exhibited by group members who try to minimize conflict and reach consensus without critically testing, analyzing, and evaluating ideas. Individual creativity, uniqueness, and independent thinking are lost in the pursuit of group cohesiveness, as are the advantages of reasonable balance in choice and thought that might normally be obtained by making decisions as a group. During groupthink, members of the group avoid promoting viewpoints outside the comfort zone of consensus thinking. A variety of motives for this may exist such as a desire to avoid being seen as foolish, or a desire to avoid embarrassing or angering other members of the group. Groupthink may cause groups to make hasty, irrational decisions, where individual doubts are set aside, for fear of upsetting the group’s balance. The term is frequently used pejoratively, with hindsight.
HAHA how ironic is that? This is a general education course that every student at JMU has to take. Everyone at some point has at one time had to read this definition and study the dangers of groupthink, how to avoid it, and why it is not an effective form of group composure.
Now... religion is the most perverse, obvious, and widely practiced version of groupthink... at NO point do any of these theists look at this definition and say...huh... sounds like church to me..................................................................WAIT!!!
Theists and seculars probably made up the Communications text book itself!!! At no point did they think to compare it to religion either? to apply it to themselves? To write perhaps a book on religious groupthink?
The studies of psychology and communication aren't all that new. Why are people only now challenging this stuff with publications? It's established in a required entry level course!!!