Groupthink and the 2016 election

Groupthink is a communication theory that takes a fascinating look at the dysfunction that can happen in groups where members of the group “invest too much energy in maintaining goodwill” within the group, forming the quintessential echo chamber. Additionally, the group is subject to outside forces such as lack of inadequate counsel, poor decision-making procedures, close-mindedness or a “provocative situation causing much stress in the group.” The symptoms described by Irving Janis, the researcher who came up with the groupthink theory also describe, I believe, what we see in today’s political…