The reason is conformism, a group phenomenon in which the individual, when working in a group, adapts to the behavior, values and perspectives of the majority.
When an individual presents ideas that differ from the group’s views, he or she is exposed to criticism from other group members. People often avoid threatening situations where they may fail to present new ideas. Thus, the policies and views expressed by the majority are taking over the field, and stupidity is intensifying.
Of course, this is not the case in all groups. The greater the pressure of consistency or the more leadership culture, the more the ideas of individuals remain in the dark.
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If there is trust between the members of the group and the group members are encouraged to come up with different ideas, the collaboration may result in something larger than the individuals. Such a situation is illustrated by our second proverb on group activities, “putting wise heads together”.
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Defendant: Marko Salonen
University Lecturer in Social Psychology, University of Tampere.
Published in Science 1/2022.
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