Grapevine is defined as an unofficial, informal communication network.

In the psychology context, grapevine refers to informal or unofficial channels of communication, such as rumor, gossip, or hearsay. The grapevine can be an important source of information, social support, and connection for individuals, but it can also be a source of misinformation or misunderstandings.

Examples of grapevine in the psychology context include:

  • Rumors or gossip that are circulated among coworkers or members of an organization
  • Unofficial or informal channels of communication that are used to share information or ideas within a group or community
  • The spread of misinformation or misunderstandings through informal or unofficial channels of communication

The grapevine can be an important aspect of social and organizational dynamics, and it can be influenced by various factors, such as group size, cohesiveness, and communication patterns. Psychologists and other mental health professionals may study the grapevine in order to understand its role in shaping group behavior and decision-making, and to explore ways in which it can be managed or regulated.