Deep Thoughts About Groupthink. October 5, 2006. Brief History of Bad Decisions. Pearl Harbor: Advance warning of an attack: Military commanders received information about Japanese plans to attack Pearl Harbor.
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October 5, 2006
Belief in inherent morality
Stereotyped views of out-groups
Direct pressure on dissenters
Illusion of unanimity
How many symptoms does a group need to receive a groupthink “diagnosis”?
Are some symptoms more important than others?
Does a group experience some symptoms before others?
Is each symptom unique? Or, redundant?Scrutinizing the Laundry List
Question: Once we know the outcome (e.g. It Blew Up!) can we then “spin” the reinterpret events to fit the theory? If a stupid decision turned out well, was it still groupthink?