pluralistic ignorance

pluralistic ignorance defn

reeks of power. the graceful power when people figure out what matters most.

i looked it up. it’s in wikipedia here, and remixed here:

In social psychology, pluralistic ignorance is a situation where a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but assume incorrectly that most others accept it, also described as ‘no one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes.” Lack of public opposition then helps perpetuate a norm that may be, in fact, disliked by most people.

…people privately disdain but publicly support a norm (or a belief)

pluralistic ignorance: may lead a student to drink alcohol excessively because she believes that everyone else does that, while in reality everyone else also wishes they could avoid binge drinking, but no one expresses that due to the fear of being ostracized.

The term pluralistic ignorance was coined by Daniel Katz and Floyd H. Allport in 1931. Krech and Crutchfield’s described it, in (1948, pp. 388–89), as the situation where ‘no one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes.‘”

..Pluralistic Ignorance can be caused by the structure of the underlying social network, not cognitive dissonance.

Pluralistic ignorance may partially explain the bystander effect: the observation that people are more likely to intervene in an emergency situation when alone than when other persons are present. 


trading in pluralistic ignorance for useful ignorance.



bad policies

manufactured consent ness

voluntary compliance ness


tech helping us get back to us – aka: cure for pluralistic ignorance..


from Zeynep‘s twitter and tear gas:


for many repressive govts , fostering a sense of loneliness among dissidents while making an ie of them to scare off everyone else has long been a trusted method of rule. social scientists refer to the feeling of imagining oneself to be a lonely minority when it fact there are many people who agree with you, maybe even a majority, as ‘pluralistic ignorance’. pluralistic ignorance is thinking that one is the only person bored at a class lecture and not knowing that the sentiment is shared, or that dissent and discontent are rare feelings in a country when in fact they are common but remain unspoken

pluralistic ignorance (dang.. i thought zeynep penned it)


networked individuaism graphic