High Control Group

A social group or movement in which the members are strongly influenced by the suggestions of a group leader or group as a whole and in which dissent or reflection on the ideology are discouraged. Often incorporates a narrative about an ingroup and outgroup.

This type of group will often adopt a disfigurement of language and thought terminating cliches in order to communicate within the ingroup.

See also madness-crowds, bandwagon bias, whataboutism and thought terminating cliches.


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