SocialPsych 9.70 - #HumanDevelopment

Not uncommonly the effort to gain a degree of power

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Unformatted text preview: st/mistrust questions listed above. This is a phase of the process in which members of a group-in formation must needs struggle with each other and with the nominal leadership (where such exists) to arrive at some "definition of the situation" that is reasonable and workable for them, both individually and collectively. Who is to determine the nature and scope of the prevailing rules and goals? The likelihood of drop­ outs continues to be quite high here, as is the probability of frankly hostile, ag­ gressive, and negative behavior toward the group development process itself and those responsible for imposing it. Not uncommonly, the effort to gain a degree of power and control leads to proposals to formalize the proceedings by enacting rules, regulations, voting procedures, etc. The result of following these leads is invariably the establish­ ment of a "zero-sum" game in which every disagreement is "resolved" by ha­ ving some winners and some losers. During this rather chaotic phase, a lea­ dership aiming...
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