Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Group-Think and Its Evil Influence On Vulnerable Members

Have you heard about or watched the disturbing events in Charlottesville Virginia that occurred over this past weekend? It began Friday evening, August 11th  and has been a nightmare ever since. It’s scary to say the least.

Not only are those within the group turning on each other and bent on creating division and chaos. But are also resorting to dangerous behaviors in an attempt to conquer and divide.

These events have not only sickened me but caused me to be ashamed of the legacy society is creating for future generations. How could this possibly be in today’s world? Where have we gone wrong? Why are there still segments and pockets of people like this still living in our society?

This article will briefly discuss the Stanford Prison Experience (with a video) and the phenomenon of group-think.

The events of this past weekend brought back memories of my first year psychology class which taught me concepts such as Stockholm Syndrome, group-think, group polarization, shared psychotic disorder, and Helsinki Syndrome (often synonymous with Stockholm syndrome). These terms highlight the influence of group mentalities on individual belief systems, thoughts, and feelings. Each term highlights the emotional and psychological influence groups of “dominant thought patterns and beliefs” can have on passive individuals or those within a group. Psychologists and sociologists have studies these phenomenons for years.

Stay tuned for my upcoming article, Wednesday August 16th, on this topic and the explanation of each term and influence on our society. Visit


I encourage you to watch the following video before reading my upcoming article.


Stanford Prison Experiment (video)

Disclaimer: Parts of this video may be disturbing for some people. I encourage you to watch the video for educational purposes but to also keep in mind that the study has called into question the ethical and scientific nature of the study. There are multiple aspects  of this experiment that resulted in critiques of Philip Zimbardo.

As always, I wish you well

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Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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