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Groupthink, a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis (1972), occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of “mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment”
2 of my clients yesterday know two different accused fraternity boys for this crime. One comes from a devoted christian family and the other was said to have been a trouble maker in the past.
When I read this article I couldn't help but compare it to the mentality needed for religion. Followers of many religions are making immoral decisions based on group harmony not critical evaluation. I read about the freshman pledge, Kordel Davis, who repeatedly tried to get them to call the police and get his fellow pledge to the hospital. Kordel was better than the rest, but he too should've called the police. We humans need more strength of moral character, and were not getting it from religion.

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