Working in a group can be beneficial but it can also come with hardship that is if others lack the drive and ability to work together. Working in a group takes effort; it takes psychological support, and cooperation. The foundation of group behaviors is something that can come and go but it takes a lot of effort to keep it going after so long. Although these efforts may come and go it is important to consider what it takes to work within a group, successfully. The article I chose to report on deals with the consequences that can come from those who are working in-group settings. It is important to understand what it takes to be productive and this research does the best it can to tackle those issues. It gives us the information we need to succeed and avoid anything that would go against those successes. One of the biggest concerns within group settings is the
What is social deviance? Social deviance is acting against the norms of a society. There are a few things that can can be caused from the act of deviance. The social norm in our society here is to talk in the first person, not the third person. On Wednesday, my act of deviance was talking in the third person, a subtle approach to this assignment, but everyone knew I was being different. My goal in this essay is to inform on the different sociology ideas I thought of while I was being deviant. The five ideas I first thought of were: privilege of ignorance, social-self, agents of socialization, sanctions, and memory.
This case, as well as the previous two, are prime examples of how detrimental groupthink can have on the effect of your career or the lives of several others. It may not always be easy to recognize the dangers or altercations groupthink may have, which is why you should always appoint ‘mind guards’ to contradict the decisions made within a group setting. It is always beneficial to seek an outside source for their opinion, as it may be just the idea that the group has
No longer afraid of the consequences that would be the result of classic bullying methods. In my particular situation, this disconnect being especially important because the majority of my participation was based online - leaving cruel, unnecessary comments with the support of my friends, allowing myself to somewhat feel less guilt. Groupthink made us go along with things that we knew to be immoral and hurtful, the anonymity that the internet provided assisting with our poor decision making (Brym and Lie 2017).
Tuckman proposes that groups develop via five stages; forming, storming, norming, performing and finally adjourning (Archee, Gurney, & Mohan, 2013a). The first stage, known as forming, involves clarifying the task and purpose of the group, and identifying boundaries of both the task and interpersonal behaviour (Archee et al., 2013a). For the presentation task we were randomly allocated into groups. This worried me greatly as I have struggled in the past with group members who do not contribute equally or see the task as important as other group members. To avoid this problem, the group collectively determined and agreed upon a number of ground rules. For example, we decided that all group members were expected to contribute equally to the presentation, all group members were expected to attend and contribute at all group meetings, and all group members would adhere to agreed upon deadlines. Having failed to do this in previous group assignments, this clarification stage
Learning how to work effectively in a group situation is key to success in many professions as well as in social situations. Groups vary from each other based on the individuals that make up each group, all of us belong to various groups at one time or another. The roles that we fulfill vary from group to
Ernesto Aguilar and Melissa Chiprin’s article “Criminalization of Culture and the Rise of Dissent” examines the U.S. justice system’s use of discriminatory treatment towards African American citizens in order to maintain social order (41). The state oppresses minority races through the use of racism and criminal injustice (42). Furthermore, the majority of the population has limited knowledge on the history of enslavement; thus, they are unaware of past events that have led to an increase in the number of incarcerated African Americans (43). The present U.S. criminal justice system is a reflection of European colonialism and imperialism (44). Moreover, the article illustrates the immense amount of racism that exists within current American
The SAC group controversy group project was an enriching experience which enabled these students to practice important critical thinking skills, as well as active listening and communication. Not only did we learned the importance of group therapeutic factors of group work, this assignment also self-awareness to self-defeating negative thought patterns. With this we gained insight into the importance of how we perceive ourselves and others, including how this may affect group experience and communication. Moreover many times these perceptions are influenced by past experiences, causing a skewed perception of self. By completing this assignment the value of identifying one’s personal beliefs and bias
“The Repression of Dissent” is explained by Dr. Parenti in that the government doesn’t benefit us. The National Security Autocracy is the government loosing group authorities because the main goal of the government is to free-market globalization. According to Dr. Parenti agencies such as the FBI and CIA are intelligence agencies in which their goal “is to defeat movements at home and abroad to seek alternatives to free-market globalization” (129). In order for these advanced programs to succeed, they are required to have a lot of money in their hands. Their intelligence budget was “about $44 billion in 2005” (130). Now, agencies with this much technology have the power to spy on regular citizens and congress. For instance, the Pentagon’s
Public shunning is the act of persistently rejecting and ostracizing someone for their actions. It was a common occurrence during the Puritan times, and it affected the outcasts and the loved ones of the outcasts. Public shunning is a way to punish those who have sinned and have violated a community’s values. It has not always been as lenient as it is now. In the Puritan times, people were publicly humiliated in many ways. Some were branded, displayed on the scaffold, or simply paraded in front ot the town. The worse case for public shunning were executions in front of the whole town. In today's world, public shunning is not as harsh. It is now done by parading an outcasts’ face and sins everywhere in the world by the news and articles. One of the most recent broadcasted Shunnings is Jared Fogle.
This paper is going to discuss relevant background factors, circumstances, and structures of small group interaction. First, I will explain how a person’s background can influence participation in a group and then we will look at how values can impact a group. I will also explain how I respond to situations where I am working with people who have different values. Next, I will explain the implications of falling into “team traps” and will use three of the ten for specific examples on why they should be avoided. Finally, I will summarize all that we have learned today on group interactions. Let’s start by looking at how peoples background can influence participation in a group.
Diversity is important to mitigate two threats to group effectiveness. First, the Asch Effect, distortion of individual judgement by a unanimous but incorrect opposition. (p. 290). Second, Group think, when in a cohesive in-group, members strive for unanimity and override their motivation to realistically appraise alternative courses of action. (p. 292).
An important part of our learning and growing experience must stem from our ability to analyze and reflect upon the groups that we have been members in. This reflection can define our understanding of the weaknesses both in ourselves and in the others within our group; and it can help to shape the way that we act in future groups. Adjusting ourselves to compensate for our weaknesses, based upon an honest and thorough examination of our actions within a group setting, is one of most important thing for any person to do. It is only through this evaluation that we can improve ourselves and our interactions with others. This paper will examine a group that was required to make an important decision about adding a new member
Participations in small in-class groups which purpose was to accomplish a task assigned to us by our Professor, were the most powerful learning experiences for me. In developing common focus, as stated in Gitterman and Germain (2008), members need to establish group rules and also remember to “build on one another’s contributions, identify and focus on salient collective themes, invite expression of differences” (p. 174), as well as welcome opinions which are contradictory or different from the majority.
In conclusion, this class has changed my perspective about working in a group. Since my prior experience with groups was so unsettling, I believed that all groups were going to be the same. However, this class has made it possible to believe that there are groups that respect and take into consideration other members’