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- A process of reasoning or decision-making by a group, especially one characterized by uncritical acceptance of or conformity to a perceived majority view.
- 1973 May 28, Irving L. Janis, “Groupthink in Washington”, in The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
- At present we do not know what percentage of all national fiascoes are attributable to groupthink. Some decisions of poor quality that turn out to be fiascoes might be ascribed primarily to mistakes made by just one man, the Chief Executive. Others arise because of a faulty policy formulated by a group of executives whose decision‐making procedures were impaired by errors having little or nothing to do with groupthink.
- 2012, Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers, Penguin, published 2013, page 395:
- A militant group-think seized hold of the ministry.
tendency of a group to conform to the majority view