Psy/256 Week 6 Checkpoint

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1. Four symptoms of groupthink present in the case study provided to us are how Tom, Susie, and Richard have all already come up with a plan for the group based on their own prior experiences without knowing Mark or Betty’s strengths for group contribution. The second symptom of groupthink comes in the form of Richard and Susie’s body language toward Mark asking about the professor’s requirements which seems to challenge the thinking and plan of the subgroup formed by Tom, Susie and Richard. The third form of groupthink present in this case study is Mark and Betty’s comfortableness at “addressing their misgivings about the team assignment” to the professor based on their previous experience with the rest of the members of the group. The last symptom of groupthink in this case study happened when the all members of the group decide to turn in the assignment despite their earlier feelings and attitudes. The outcome is that the group gets a C- instead of the A they thought they would be getting because their group “leader” laughed off the concern of a new group member. The fact the two new members did not voice their opinion earlier due to groupthink may have cost the group a better grade. 2. The specific examples in this case study that exemplify these symptoms are how that Tom, Susie, and Richard all formed a plan without the consideration or input from the two new members of the group – Mark and Betty. Then there was how Tom asserted his “knowledge” that the group did not need outside references despite the instructions and despite Mark’s concern on the matter. This was followed by the attitude given to him by Susie and Richard for even challenging the three members’ plan at all. Then we have the example of fear shown by Mark and Betty to voice their concerns to the professor because of how the rest of the members of the group may handle it based on their

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