Have you ever been a group of people who placed more importance on everyone getting along over what they accomplished? If so, you may have experienced "Groupthink." Groupthink occurs when members of group make decisions that seek to achieve consensus of the group over critical or creative thought process. This occurs when cohesive groups tend to think as one collective organism rather than individuals. Groupthink tends to silent dissenting viewpoints, opinions from outside groups and ignoring moral or ethical consequences. This phenomenon can cause good people to make bad decisions that can lead to disastrous situations. This class will focus on understanding groupthink and how it differs from conformity, identifying why it occurs, and ways to overcome and discourage Groupthink.
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