The False Consensus Effect – One Step Closer to the Edge

False Consensus Effect

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Repeat After Me

We believe in Conformity
Groupthink Unity
One Opinion
Everyone’s Opinion
We believe in our Superiority
The World Agrees
Every you, every Me
We believe Perceptively
Our Normality
Is that of all Beings
They live Defectively

So What Exactly Is The False Consensus Effect?

The False Consensus Effect is a reality in the modern world. Psychologists loosely define it as a cognitive that bias many people have, in which they overestimate the extent of which their opinions and beliefs are normal and typical of others. In other words, they think everyone else thinks or should think the way they do. Those who have this affliction, believe a consensus exists when often times it really doesn’t. It’s significant because it increases self-esteem and makes the individual feel that other people like them because they are part of the “consensus group.” The need to be “liked” is very high on their personal importance scale. Being on the outside would be perceived as catastrophic to them.

The easiest way to understand what they want to avoid is to look back in history for comparative viewpoints. Think about those who disagreed with what was thought to be common information over time and how they were treated for that differing opinion. Some examples of False Consensus groups over time were the Flat-Earth society, multiple different Religious Groups, and of course, the modern day Global Warming Alarmists. Each separately believe(ed) that the opinion they had on a certain subject were absolute and also were accepted by everyone. They used the strength of their collective to reinforce one another of their superiority and correctness. They also defended the groupthink beliefs vehemently in all forums. When confronted with proof that a consensus does not exist, they usually assume anyone in disagreement is defective and their opinion unimportant.

It’s important to understand the dynamics of these actions as they are very important in the on-going battle for the hearts and mind of the populace. Political groups use similar strategies to support their platforms, with their fringe elements even resorting to violence to “prove” them. Social media has already broken down most of the resistance to conforming based on the “friending or following” strategies they employ. In exchange for the sense they belong, most people will surrender much of their decision making and simply accept the doctrine of the highest authority of the group they believe to.

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