Group Influence Phenomenon

GroupInfluence Phenomenon

GroupInfluence Phenomenon

Aperson’s behavior and decision making are influenced by otherpeople within the group. This paper seeks to discuss thegroup’s influence phenomenon on the article “Group Behavior.”Boundless Psychology. The article on “Group Behavior”discusses how groups influence behaviors of individuals. Theinfluence of groups can have positive or negative impacts on thebehavior of an individual. Group influence in most cases has provedvaluable in specific context such as political activism, team sportsand workplaces. The article has focused on three major phenomenonincluding deindividuation, group-shift and groupthink. Groupthink isa psychological phenomenon that happens when members of a group focuson making quick and smooth decisions without considering otheroptions that could be more useful. Members of the group attempts onreducing occurrence of conflicts thus they agree on decisions withoutcritically examining alternative ideas. Therefore, they are underpressure to reach a consensus on decisions and this can result tofailure of achievement of desired goals (Boundless, 2016).

Group-shiftphenomenon changes the initial positions of individual members of agroup to an extreme position. When people are in groups, they examinethe risk differently compared to when they are alone. In groups,people tend to make riskier decisions because the group shares risks,which make individuals’ view their decisions as less risky.Deindividuation occurs when individuals lose their individuality(control and self-consciousness) and become lost in the group where aperson does what the group is doing. This phenomenon always consistsof negative goals that results in negative outcomes. For instance, ifa group engages in rioting, cyber bullying or looting, they will alsogo along (Boundless, 2016). Therefore, it is evident that groups havemajor influence on the behaviors of individuals that can lead todevelopment of negative or positive behaviors.

ReferenceBoundless.(2016). “Group Behavior.” BoundlessPsychology.Boundless. Retrieved ON 08 Nov. 2016 fromhttps://www.boundless.com/psychology/textbooks/boundless-psychology-textbook/social-psychology-20/social-influence-104/group-behavior-393-12928/