Groupthink can be compared to a barrel of monkeys fighting for the same banana. The goal is to get the banana, each monkey knows it, and is compacted into a minimalistic mode of thinking to fight for the same object no matter the consequences. Whereas if they all just escaped the barrel, they would realize there are more bananas outside the barrel.
With this analogy, it can be proven that groups are often narrow-minded to what is only true within their individual scope of understanding; completely disregarding any outside possibilities. It is truly this limiting factor that leads to little or no alternatives within the group.
Below are some ways in which you can limit or even stop group think:
- Remain open minded to new ideas
- Don’t limit yourself to what is immediately at your disposal
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions for further clarification
- Don’t just agree with something without fully understanding what it is you are agreeing to
- Don’t follow the crowd for the sake of going along with the popular decision; especially if you know it’s wrong, or you have a better way of doing something
Although these are just a few examples, feel free to add your thoughts below in the comments section. I would love to hear what you have to say about how to put a stop to group think.