In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business

In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business

by Charlan Nemeth


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465096299
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 200,710
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Charlan Nemeth is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Fear Consensus, Love Dissent 1

Part I Majorities Versus Troublemakers: The Art of Persuasion 21

1 Numbers Rule 23

2 Even One Dissenter Makes a Difference 39

3 Dissent as an Art in Changing Hearts and Minds 51

Part II Consensus Versus Dissent: Closed Minds Versus Open Minds 79

4 Consensus Narrows Thinking-And Kills Rationality 81

5 Dissent Diversifies-And Strengthens Thinking 105

Part III Groupthink Versus Groups of Thinkers 135

6 Group Decisions: Often in Error, Never in Doubt 139

7 Better Decisions: Dissent, Diversity, and Devil's Advocates 163

8 Conclusions 197

Notes 215

Index 243

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Shelly9677 More than 1 year ago
In Defense of Troublemakers is a compelling book written by esteemed psychologist Charlan Jeanne Nemet. It challenges the consensus that “consensus thinking” is the best way to approach matters of import because with consensus comes constraints. These constraints include limited consideration of various variables, viewpoints, vantages and obstacles. “The value of dissent lies not in its correctness,” opines the author, but rather in its ability to spur on contemplation. The book is riddled with interesting real-life stories supporting the supposition that failure to challenge the status quo can lead to less than desirable consequences. This book is definitely worth the read. It is both entertaining and enlightening.