#11b: Why are some people unwilling to express a dissenting opinion?


Those who blindly follow any change — or do not express their opinions on a matter relevant to them — are not allies to change. As they hold no attachment to a particular change, they are unlikely to put themselves on the line to protect it.

What is the cause of this failure to dissent? Perhaps disengagement, where the individual feels little connection to their organisation's higher cause. Perhaps a lack of psychological safety, wherein the individual fears at best to be met with indifference and at worst punishment for speaking against the status quo. Or perhaps it is some combination of these, creating learned helplessness.

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