Common goals are powerful in bringing people together, as demonstrated in the Robbers Cave Experiment (1954), named after the national park where it took place. Two dozen twelve-year-old boys were pitted against each other for limited resources, after which researchers set out to diffuse the tension. First, a ‘broken’ water-tank was introduced, requiring the boys to work together toward a solution. Next, they had to make a democratic decision on the evening’s choice of films. Riding the bus home as a unified group, the boys confirmed what smart parents have known all along: sometimes you need to create smaller problems in order to solve the larger ones.
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