In this week's Task you will explore group behavior and groupthink.
Read chapter 10 in Together: The Science of Social Psychology.
Read the article “Understanding Groupthink: The Case of Operation Market Garden”
Write a 250-400 word reaction paper to ONE of the videos. The video links are available on the PowerPoint for week 6 AND/OR under lesson 6. Be sure to discuss the group dynamics of influence, obedience, and conformity.
Write a 250-400 word reaction paper to the article in Step 2. Be sure to address the following questions: what are 2-3 types of groupthink discussed in the article? Explain how each works. What are 2-3 "symptoms" of groupthink? How do they develop and influence group think?
Upload your two papers to Moodle (please note that both papers can be typed on one Word document).
Video links (1st- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wFZ5Dbj8DA)
Explanation & Answer
My reaction to this article is that of agreement. I think that group thinks serves to destroy
constructive dialogue which offers better alternatives (Houghton, 2015). In that case, it increases
the occurrence of error. As well, groupthink tends to blur the effectiveness of good leadership.
Notably, there are different types of groupthink that should be avoided. Firstly, it is suave
leadership. That is when the leader comes with ideas that are preconceived and whips the group
members to agree with him or her. In this case, only his or her opinion matters. Notably, for this
instance, it means that the opinion of the other members of the group does not matter. One leader
showed this characteristic was Margaret Thatcher.
1. Part One
2. Part Two
Running head: GROUP THINK
My reaction to the video wa...
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