The Power of Others

The Power of Others

Peer Pressure, Groupthink, and How the People Around Us Shape Everything We Do

Book - 2015
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The science writer investigates the latest breakthroughs in social psychology to reveal how to guard against groupthink, build better teamwork, identify shared objectives, become more ethical, and survive moments of isolation.
Publisher: London, England : Oneworld, 2015.
ISBN: 9781780746531
Branch Call Number: 302.3 BON
Characteristics: xviii, 300 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Oct 17, 2015

This is a fairly-well done collation of studies relating to the power of groups. It'll probably be ignored due to its unattractive title. [Who wants to admit others have even a little power over one?].
We like to benefit from our social nature, but don't like to admit its price tag, our auto-domestication. We are sheep, increasingly miserable ones due to the fragmenting effects of our own technology.
I recently saw some research demonstrating that dogs give up solving tasks far faster than wolves [let Master figure it out]. And we are turning ourselves into dogs.
The more individuality, the more misery and resentment [is this why Americans are so violent?]. We are, or were, social wolves, like simultaneous Jeckyll-Hydes, allergic to ourselves. Perhaps this accounts for our suicidal natures.
He points out the effects of the extreme of isolation, solitary-confinement [of prisoners] and it's a long horrifying list.
He under-discusses spectator sports, and fails to mention the pathetic pseudo-tribalism of the young [tatooing, piercing] at all, which are odd omissions. And how about the irrational in-group-ist arrogance of those uber-rationalists, scientists [have you seen the authoritarian rants of Dawkins recently?].
Still, a fine read.


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