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Bohm's Dialogue in Group Think

The topic of groupthink reminds me of David Bohm's work on what he called, Dialogue.

Dialogue differs from ordinary conversation, where people generally hold a point of view that they feel compelled to defend. In dialogue, participants give serious consideration to views that may differ substantially from their own, and they are willing to hold many conflicting possibilities in their minds simultaneously and to accept what is, however uncomfortable. By this means, people in dialogue can together create the possibility for new insights and creativity to emerge, which would not be possible by merely thinking on their own.

How do you see the role of 'Dialogue' in team process? Would an OP training in Bohm's Dialogue be a deterrent to groupthink?

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Groupthink by its very definition is in conflict with dialogue. It is the tendency of the members of a group to yield to the desire for consensus or unanimity at the cost of considering alternative courses of action. Group-think is said to be the reason why intelligent and knowledgeable people make disastrous decisions. In dialogue, as defined by Bohm, we are not merely looking at consensus seeking behavior. We want every individual to have the opportunity to express themselves and ...

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This solution considers the role of 'dialogue' in team process. The solution also describes how an OP training in Bohm's Dialogue might be a deterrent to groupthink.