The Insidious Trap of Groupthink

It might seem we’ve carefully chosen a group of highly esteem people in our work and lives — an affiliation that shares the same ideas, passion and vision we do — those who don’t tolerate injustice, hatred, oppression, and bigotry practiced by others — those who get it, unlike those who don’t.

But, quietly behind the scenes, we’re might actually be mired in a highly selective clique that all but locks out alternate perspectives from being discussed…or even considered…in our minds or hearts.

Groupthink is insidious. It is subtle. It can occur within whatever our political, spiritual or academic persuasion. I’ve seen the greatest suppression of free-ideas from formal and informal groups that consider themselves spiritual, open and diverse.

The point of this message isn’t for us to simply feel bad. The point is to become more self-aware of what we’re swimming in here. Almost all of us are swimming in this. I feel it’s each of our responsibilities to take heed, and step up to owning our different point-of-view.

Which might mean necessitating space, in at least in our hearts, from closeness to many of our cherished groups or affiliations.

Also, it’s important to quietly reflect how we might be, in our own subtle way — in our tone of voice, slight gestures, and quiet changes of subjects — ourselves discouraging new ideas and possibilities from coming to the surface in our own interactions, whenever they seem to diverge from the party line.

Ranjeeth Thunga


(thx Robb Zeno for sharing article; Don Marshall for message early in life)