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"Groupthink" and Its Powers: Genocide in Society

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"Groupthink" and Its Powers: Genocide in Society
What do YOU think "Groupthink" is?
When tragedies happen, will anyone take blame?
Why has genocide occurred so often throughout our world's history?
It is most prominently because of the phenomenon of "groupthink" that causes people to act violently in large groups - once the group mentality has been undertaken, it is a terribly difficult way of thinking to escape
The process of genocide involves having a leader to identify a common group cause, and the dire consequences that come from creating this terrible situation in society
The Power of One
The Akazu lead the annihalation of Tutsis in Rwanda, as they are a group that always accompanied the President (Collins, 2001)
60 million people died
When the majority agrees with a common idea, there is little room for change or disagreement
The authoritative figure in position usually instills the goal in the group's mind
Have any of you ever been a victim of "groupthink"?
Eight Common Symptoms of "Groupthink"
1. Illusion of invulnerability.
2. The collective effort to rationalize.
3. Unquestioned belief in the group's inherent morality.
4. Stereotyped viewed of enemy leaders.
5. Direct pressure applied to any member of the group that expresses opposing opinions.
6. Self-censorship of deviations
7. The shared illusion of unanimity.
8. Emergence of self-appointed mindguards. (Collishaw, Krtizer, Warecki, & Haskings-Winnder, 2011).
A Deathly Fate
Millions of people dead in Rwanda, from WWII, and in Darfur
Those who are still surviving have much fear in their hearts
Society is tense, in fear, and constantly destructed from genocides
In order for there to be change, there must be a gathering of positive opposing forces to rid the population of wrongdoings and eliminate as much criminal behaviour as possible
Losing individual voice can clearly have DIRE consequences
What could a social scientist further investigate in relation to genocide?
Compare Canadian culture to another culture that has experienced genocide
In the future, it is hoped that genocide will be an issue to no longer exist; if the corrupt power of "groupthink" is avoided, this may be a true possibility for our world to eventually achieve.
"Groupthink" Defined
"The effects of collective pressure on decision-making abilities of individual members of a group" (Collishaw, Kritzer, Wareck, & Hastings-Winner, 2011)
In 1944, Hitler's extermination of over 60 million Jews had already taken place
In the year of 1994, after the death of President Habyarimana, Tutsis were systematically murdered by Hutus
The genocide in Darfur has killed over 70, 000 innocent civilians
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