groupthink

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groupthink

(gro͞op′thĭngk′)
n.
The act or practice of reasoning or decision-making by a group, especially when characterized by uncritical acceptance or conformity to prevailing points of view.
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* The emergence of "mindguards." This condition occurs when various means are employed to get dissenters to "toe the line," which may involve marginalization or complete exclusion from the group.
For example, 'mindguards' keep certain information out of the discussion arena, while 'illusions of unanimity' may keep individuals from voicing opposing views.
* Self-Appointed Mindguards: "Mindguards protect a leader from assault by troublesome ideas." (45) The Pentagon advocates of the Son Tay mission went to considerable effort to insulate the White House from unwanted details.