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Throwback Thursday: a good idea at the time

Fifty years ago this month, we published an essay by Yale psychology professor Irving Janis about "groupthink,” a compulsion by decision-makers to have each other's approval, even at the cost of critical thinking. Janis looked at three American foreign policy decisions through this lens: pre-World War II complacency about the fleet in Pearl Harbor, the Bay of Pigs invasion, and escalation in Vietnam. The article is still one of our most requested for reprint.

Filed under Irving Janis, psychology, groupthink, Throwback Thursday
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