is a false consensus, reached most commonly when members of a group feel they are expected to go along with the majority decision, as when the voting basis
is a large supermajority
and nothing can get done unless some of the members of the minority acquiesce. This can cause problems such as the Abilene paradox
. Robert's Rules of Order
notes that this was part of the impetus for switching from consensus to majority as the voting basis in the English House of Lords
The book Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages
identifies pseudoconsensus as a problem that can occur in communal environments with a consensus voting basis. Various forms of pseudoconsensus identified were the Big League Complex; Decision by Endurance; Everyone Decides Everything; and "I Block, I Block!