The dangers of ‘group-think’ and daring to

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|By John Burton, independent community care consultant| Say it often enough and it becomes Å’the truth1. Whether we1re talking weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or targets, standards and quality assurance systems in social care, it1s easier to accept what we are told than to question it. Whichever side we are on, we find ourselves repeating “facts” that later may turn out to have no substance. Lemming-like, we get caught up in “group-think” and follow the crowd. When, uncritically, we all start using the same words and phrases, we should be very suspicious. Armaments that kill a lot of people in one go become weapons of mass destruction, and then, very quickly, “WMDs”. To ask the simple, direct questions is to be branded naïve or ignorant, a crank or a dangerous maverick. Subservience Conventional wisdom – what “everyone” knows or thinks – is unlikely to have been fully understood or thought through by most of those who have either prescribed it or swallowed it whole. In social care, the “providers” and t

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