Project #83680 - Psychology discussion

Please refer to the reading that these questions are on but you arent required to reference anything. Also respond to the 3 students answer in the same order.

 

1. Consider some of the social groups that you belong to. Which of the variables that were discussed in this chapter make these groups seem like a group?

2. Imagine that you were working on a group project that did not seem to be going very well. What techniques might you use to motivate the group to do better?

3. What are the factors that make it easy to confront or fail to confront a person who expresses prejudice or discriminates against another person?  

 

1. The main group that I am a part of would be the church or the Body of Christ. I am a believer and I attend church faithfully. I definitely  consider this to be a social group for most. It has many of the elements of a social group. The members of the social group have similar goals;to learn to be more like Christ, to share their gifts and talents, to partake of others gifts and talents,etc. This group meets on Wednesday and Sundays and other days as well depending on what is going on. They come together to communicate with one another, edify and build each other up in the faith. Another major factor is that this group provides a sense of social identity. Being a part of church makes you feel good about the being involved and  gives a sense of belonging. For me church is like"home". 

 

2. I remember in 10th grade, I was in a class where we had to make a music video.  I was placed in a group with two boys who were really good friends.  They insisted that we pick a song that I wasn't at all interested in or familiar with, and they proceeded to slack off during class for the duration of the project.  No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get the to focus on what we were doing.  So, I ended up completing the project all by myself.  In retrospect, I should have at least picked a song I liked.... but I digress.

A way to convince them to work with me (which was pretty unrealistic given my situation) would've been to try to form some sort of relationship with them.  I also happened to be a grade younger than them, so trying to assert any credibility whatsoever would've been impossible.  Otherwise, I might've tried that as well.

Yes, I am extremely glad there is no group project in this course!  Call me jaded...

3. I actually (believe it or not --white female--) was subjected to racial discrimination when I was in the Navy.  It's a long story, but I did end up having to confront the people involved.  I had been working extremely, almost unrealistically hard, and my work was judged poorly next to a woman who was of the same ethnicity as the person who "signed the bottom line" of the evaluation.  Said woman did next to no work and could never be found when she was needed or expected to be where she was supposed to be.  Long story short, I confronted several people up my chain of command and told them that if she was going to get a higher evaluation than I did, I was going to do the same amount of work she did.  This caused a lot of backpedaling and such and ultimately, I believe the confrontation was successful at conveying my point.  Why did I confront these people and what made me do it?  I worked hard!  I felt like I had ground to stand on with the discrimination and prejudice I was experiencing.  Ironically, that particular person up my chain of command was kicked out of the service shortly after that.  Good riddance!  I was confident in myself and confident in my work.  I think that's what made it really easy for me to confront my superiors.  I was so shocked and angry and really, I was ready to go down swinging in that situation.  My confidence is what helped me to do that.

On the flip side of that coin, lack of confidence would be a major factor in failure to confront.  I also believe that lack of support is another reason why people don't always confront a person who discriminates against other people.  Also, there have been times where even I have failed to confront someone in power because I was afraid of reprisal.  Overall though, lack of self confidence I think is the major factor when people fail to confront someone who is discriminatory.

 

 

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