Authenticity and Groupthink
We live in a world of growing paradoxes and contradicting needs. One example that clouded my mind for some time is the need to be authentic and conformity with the group leading to groupthink. Being authentic might be against what most of the group thinks. Would you be authentic or lean to the group to gain popularity and not feel being the odd number among others?
If we look at the Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs, we find that humans need to satisfy social needs before they may seek authenticity and being self to gain self-esteem. The higher the gap is, the greater the stress resulting from the “high voltage” of the gap of conflicting needs.
Groupthink could lead to disastrous decisions. An individual with high authenticity and self-esteem may decide to stay honest to his ideas and then suffer from the pressure of the group and even sarcasm. The yield point of an individual might force this individual to side by the group and be dishonest to self and his/her integrity.
The trouble of the stress resulting from not being authentic in order to satisfy others may not show immediately and may build-up secretly to reach a critical state for an individual suffering from this stress and collapse. Like a pile of sand collapsing suddenly from the addition of one grain of sand. It is the ego the center of the field of consciousness playing against the persona and how the person wants to the outside world to please other. It is as if a person is wearing an eyeglass with the left eye seeing the ugliness of self and the other seeing the satisfaction of others to self.I quote from the comment of Jerry Fletcher on my previous buzz the following” History, for the most part, is based on the joint actions of groups. But humans are individuals. The individual can understand what is going on and take advantage of a situation because of that knowledge. the group can only respond to the stimuli in its environment. That is why some individuals are seen as "forward thinkers" or "wizards”. This comment resonated with me so much because it timed with my preparation of the draft of this buzz. Yes, we are individuals, but the authenticity level varies. Too much authenticity and individuals remain individuals like sand grains that don’t stick together. Being on the group side is unsafe as well because individuals may over-stick to each other like clayey particles do. Do we need to seek the balance between the two? I believe such balances are the major challenges leaders need to deal with today.
I say that the “law of group attraction” is a challenge to trap us in its sweet poison unless we are sure it is sweet honey.
Simple Laws with Counter Effects
Rotten Roots Lead to Rotten Actions
Emerging Human Values
You have no groups that fit your search