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#15 GROUP THINK IMPERATIVE  

If stimulated / stressed, I give away choices I’d otherwise make. I suspend thinking/narrow consciousness and passively transfer control of myself to some real or imagined authority. I put my faith and trust in, feeling obligated and beholden to, this authority. The authority is associated with a culturally agreed on expectancy behind a setting or belief system. This giving up control happens most often where peer pressure to conform is strong, or where rituals trigger trancelike behavior —even hallucinations! (Note: a wide variety of folks, from indigenous people to teenagers to cowardly politicians, can behave this way!)

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a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with:  #30  Imagination, Curiosity, Intellectual Freedom  to make Choice # 12   in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 1.0     version 2.0 & 3.0       is this theme new to version 4?--NO

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs!
Worldview Watch issue #58, posted 10/18/2018 Believing Scientists or Politicians? 
Worldview Watch issue #62, posted 12/19/2019 The Sad State of American Democracy

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Groupthink  Collective Cognitive Imperative   The Bandwagon Effect
peer pressure indoctrination Suggestibility
Mind Control Bicameralism Crowd Psychology
Wishful Thinking Religious Conversion Hallucination
Hypnosis Trance    
  The Brainwashed Herd / Sheeple  Glossalalia (speaking in tongues with "divine language" unknown to speaker

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#1A   Humbly Unsure #3  Cultural Evolution--Yes! #6B   Scientific Method #11B Free Will  
#18B Dispassionate   #28B Healthy Orientation #31   Education for Democracy   #35A  Sharing What Some Consider Very Private
#35B Working for Change   #44B Hands Off My Body #46A Technological Fix #47A  Attitudinal Fix  
#51B Big Business Pushes Limits #101A Mind Open, Vision Global  #102A Conscientious, Efficient #203B Egalitarian Progressive
#204A Freedom From Limits    
       

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #15: Group Think Imperative 

Worldview Watch issue #58, posted 10/18/2018 Believing Scientists or Politicians? 
Worldview Watch #62, posted 12/19/2019 The Sad State of American Democracy
Brainwashing by Religious Cults (from Religious tolerance website)
Whirling Dervishes/Mevlevi Order (how dance can induce an altered state of consciousness, from online encyclopedia)
The Cult Education Institute  (nonprofit "devoted to public education and research" re: "destructive cults, controversial groups and movements") 
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (from Julian Jaynes website)
The Julian Jaynes Society (scholarly group devoted to "exploring consciousness and the bicameral mind theory")
"When the Drummers Were Women" by Layne Redmond  (when "the drum summoned the Goddess")
I'll Have What She's Having--Mapping Social Behavior by A. Bentley, etal. (review in The Guardian of 2011 book) 
The Alphabet vs The Goddess by Leonard Shlain  (book review by Sandra Blakeslee in NY Times September 11 1999)
Subliminal Messages in Advertising
The Battle for Your Mind
The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis (from Scientific American)
Hypnosis and Suggestibility: An Experimental Approach (from American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis)
Intervoice ("the international community for hearing voices")
Hearing Voices Network
Parenting--Teens--Peer Pressure
Shaman   (the journal of The International Society for Shamanistic Research)
Did the Bicameral Mind Evolve to Create Modern Human Consciousness? By Robert Lamb (Feb 1 2021 article posted on science.how stuffworks website)
Drumming makes your brain more efficient by Tim Newman (post on Medical News Today Dec 16 2019)
The Voices Within by Charles Fernyhough (book review by Steven Poole The Guardian May 25 2016)
Nudge, by R. Thaler & C. Sunstein (review of 2008 book about public policy and human tendency to conform)
"Seeing God...How the Brain Creates Out of Body Experiences and Religious Epiphanies" by Oliver Sacks (Dec 2012 article on The Atlantic website)
"High Coffee Intake May Cause Auditory Hallucinations"  (June 2011 news report on The Huffington Post)
"Are Spiritual Encounters All in Your Head? by Barbara Hagerty (part of five part series on NPR, May 2009) 
"Following the Crowd" (2008 article in Sep 4 2008 The Economist about crowdsourcing)
"Anthropology and Hallucinations, by Andrew Lang" (from 1900 book The Making of Religion)
The Relationship of the Bicameral Mind and the Paranormal (article by Julian Jaynes, Paul Kurtz, and D.C. Stove)
Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited (about this book)
Evolution, Religion, Schizophrenia, and the Schizotypal Personality (90 minute lecture by Stanford's Robert Sapolsky)
Science, Psychology, and Spirituality by Khalid Sohail  (2006 article) 
People Pleasing by Steve Mensing
Groupthink (from Small Group Communication)
The Masses and Emotional Suggestibility (from classic 1946 book)
I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe (one theme of this 2004 novel is how a young woman handles peer pressure)
Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War, by William Trotter (read this classic 1908 book at Google Books)
The Wisdom of Crowds, by James Surowiecki (read excerpts of 2004 book at Google Books)
Group Mind
Social Psychology and The Group Mind (from 1937 book by Herbert Blumer)
Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco (1/3 way through this book is a detailed description of Amparo "called by deep voices" losing control of herself in a drum beat filled, other worldly, Caribbean spiritualistic meeting)   
quotes on thought and mind control
quotes on cults

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