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Old 07-01-2017, 10:30 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Definition of Groupthink: Groupthink is a phenomenon when a group of people get together and start to think collectively with one mind. The group is more concerned with maintaining unity than with objectively evaluating their situation, alternatives and options. The group, as a whole, tends to take irrational actions or overestimate their positions or moral rightness. (Source)

Virtually every city and state suffers from groupthink, due to human nature, but which places are less prone to it on average?
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Old 07-01-2017, 10:38 AM
 
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I would say the cities that tend to be less like the "cool kids" on this forum and more moderate locations like the mid-sized metros in the Midwest for example.
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Probably New York cuz its so big and dynamic. The "groupthinkers" there would be the hipster transplants, which aren't even liked by many natives.
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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The presidential election results are probably a pretty good way to identify the degree of "groupthink" in a location. My current residence is in a county that divided just about evenly between the two major candidates, so it's pretty safe to say there are a variety of perspectives and people are not well served to assume that those whom they interact with necessarily have the same opinions.

Of course there are subgroups that tend to think alike even in an ideologically diverse area, but I think the middle ring suburbs of Atlanta are not dominated by any one set of dogmatic opinions. The San Francisco Bay Area on one hand and certain parts of rural America on the other tend to be skewed heavily towards a more narrow set of beliefs, at least as far as politics goes which can be a significant part of a place's identity.
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Old 07-01-2017, 10:01 PM
 
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I would say the cities that tend to be less like the "cool kids" on this forum and more moderate locations like the mid-sized metros in the Midwest for example.
Uhh... Have you heard of religion or Sunday church.

I think it's the opposite, only in major cities do you see hipster and preps at the same bar or a waiter and a stock broker both on the same metro or bus.
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Old 07-01-2017, 10:26 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Definition of Groupthink: Groupthink is a phenomenon when a group of people get together and start to think collectively with one mind. The group is more concerned with maintaining unity than with objectively evaluating their situation, alternatives and options. The group, as a whole, tends to take irrational actions or overestimate their positions or moral rightness. (Source)

Virtually every city and state suffers from groupthink, due to human nature, but which places are less prone to it on average?
Are you talking about the entire region having groupthink, or groupthink overall. Baltimore and Maryland have very little groupthink as a metro area or state, but it is very fractured and there is a lot of groupthink among the various subcultures/elements like the ghetto crowds, the working class suburbs, wealthy suburbs, and rural areas which all hate one another.

Detroit time. The inner city, the suburbs, and the Muslim population have a lot of groupthink within their own group but overall Michigan is very fractured culturally.
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Old 07-01-2017, 10:30 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I would say that New Orleans has very little groupthink since while it is a liberal city, it is more of a live and let live kind of liberal. Confederate flag supporters and gay people can co-exist peacefully and amicably. This is in large contrast to the nanny state liberalism of San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and New York where anything that doesn't fit the PC, "progressive" mold has to be banned. The liberals in NOLA never raised a fuss about the Confederate flag until the current mayor Mitch Landrieu who is under the influence of the national Democrats and the national media. The conservative elements have always let the gays do their own thing including having gay pride parades and also allows for a permissive atmosphere in many parts of town. There are many aspects to New Orleans and there is not really a single identity to the extent that you see in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.
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Old 07-01-2017, 11:04 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Are you talking about the entire region having groupthink, or groupthink overall. Baltimore and Maryland have very little groupthink as a metro area or state, but it is very fractured and there is a lot of groupthink among the various subcultures/elements like the ghetto crowds, the working class suburbs, wealthy suburbs, and rural areas which all hate one another.

Detroit time. The inner city, the suburbs, and the Muslim population have a lot of groupthink within their own group but overall Michigan is very fractured culturally.
I'm thinking more along the lines of having little groupthink at a very localized level, among most of the subcultures of the region. This sort of place might not exist, so I'm gonna set the bar a little lower and look for a place where localized groupthink is just well below average.
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Old 07-02-2017, 04:58 AM
 
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Uhh... Have you heard of religion or Sunday church.

I think it's the opposite, only in major cities do you see hipster and preps at the same bar or a waiter and a stock broker both on the same metro or bus.
I have heard of "religion and sunday church", they both occur in major cities as well. There is a serious case of "groupthink" going on within the hipster and prep demographics, so to suggest the opposite seems odd from this end.
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Old 07-02-2017, 06:21 AM
 
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I have heard of "religion and sunday church", they both occur in major cities as well. There is a serious case of "groupthink" going on within the hipster and prep demographics, so to suggest the opposite seems odd from this end.
Then explain why mid sized Midwest cities.... Doesn't the whole "there outsiders" outlook come from places like that. Those that dress different and think different etc..
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