Congress! do the right thing

New findings from researchers at Boston College and Northwestern University show that the more cohesive a group appears — be it a corporation, political party, governmental entity, pro sports team or other organization — the more likely it is that people will hold its members less responsible for their own individual actions. The study, published in the current issue of the journal Psychological Science, sheds light on why people tend to address hostility toward large companies or other collectives, while still treating members of those groups as unique individuals…

Similarly, a strong brand image, generally considered to be a corporate or organizational asset, could contribute to consumers’ perception of single-mindedness, meaning the brand would be more likely to be held accountable for its employees’ or members’ actions. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene or story about how a group uses this tendency to get away with something illegal.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your feelings about corporate misbehavior.

Art Prompt: Group Thingk

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