The Science of Groupthink

From an outsider.

Aimée Sparrow

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Many groups and some niche groups have exclusive sets of people who do not tend to think outside the box and have many limiting beliefs. They try to force it even though it might be wrong, and they don’t care because everyone else does it that way, too.

I was researching groupthink and how I somehow didn’t do this kind of thing growing up and through most of my life, and I am a little annoyed by how people say there is only one way toward enlightenment. It seems so impossible that many people lose hope or think they aren’t disciplined enough and start living lives that are boring or not worth living and not living to the fullest.

Something made me realize how important seizing the day is. I think it’s better to have half-truths or graduated beliefs, like thinking a little of one thing and some of another that might seem contradictory but gives you more richness and an ability to flourish.

I believe those with set and strict beliefs don’t only limit their growth but the growth of those around them. They do not leave room for reaching higher consciousness, let alone enlightenment, and they will inevitably become mediocre and uninteresting.

Many of the problems in the world, including poverty, famine, and war, come from the selfish mindsets of regular human beings. As I always said throughout my life, “People could do better,” and they do not, and that’s why the world and Earth aren’t always the ideal place to live, and people tend to look toward heaven or an afterlife.

All of this starts with buying into groupthink. Why would you buy something that doesn’t serve you or others? We all have a desperate primal need to fit in, and that overrides all logic and our ability to be genuinely kind. Most regular people bore me not just a little but a lot, and that frustration makes me extremely angry. I wish people could do better.

In my 20s, I realized the worst thing I could be is boring. My greatest fear was to stop being interesting. I always wanted to research and learn more so that I would always have intriguing things to say. I still do this but to a far lesser degree. I know I am not superficial or boring or have given up on making a difference, even though I lose energy quickly due to how much passion…

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Aimée Sparrow

An explorer of the philosophy behind psychology and what we dream to inspire peace and solace from suffering. aimee.sparrowling@gmail.com