Psychology Individual part

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Obum Ezekwem Psychology Professor Ross-Kidder 12/1/10 Individual Assessment of Group Functioning In our society today, people coming together in a group to solve problems we face in our modern society is very important. Groups are very important because they enable us to see loop holes or flaws in our ideas that ordinarily we would not pick up on. There is more power in a group of people than in a single person. As stated in Lahey, obedience (or disobedience) is more likely in individual when he/she is in a group than when the individual is alone: “In Milgram’s obedience study, you saw that individuals in the presence of others who refused to obey the experimenter’s instructions were more likely to disobey the authority figure as well” (Lahey, 2009). Working in groups is an important aspect of our society. Much of what we have achieved would not have been achieved if we had not come together and achieved it. Most importantly, groups help raise awareness. The awareness of HIV/AIDS would not have as strong as it is without people (famous and non-famous) coming together to declare the presence of this disease and how we can each contribute in stopping this disease. Working in groups for this project was a good experience. We as group came together and each contributed in our finished product. There are certain things that I would not have seen as a possible negative to our overall product that my group quickly picked up on. When we were coming up with how we were going to carry out our project, I brought up the idea of shooting a video of us asking questions to students at GW about what motivates them to succeed. Although this was a good idea, my group members soon presented possible errors that could undermine our goal. This would be survey study and there were factors that could easily influence our survey. The one factor that was unanimously chosen by the group was “You cannot always be sure that answers are completely honest, especially to questions about certain topics” (Lahey, 2009). They felt that if we conducted a survey, we would not get the sincere answers that we would be looking for. Also, they wanted something new. They had a feeling that most groups would be conducting surveys and they wanted to do something not many people would consider doing. They did not out-rightly say no to my idea, but they provided other alternatives that would make our final project stand out more. This was one scenario where I conformed to what the
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other group members decided would be a better path to take our project down. Recall,
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