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1. On a scale of 1-5, I would probably rate myself a 3 just because in the beginning, I wasn’t really turning in the blogs. But towards the end of the semester I got a lot better with this and turned in all of them on time.

2.On a scale of 1-5, I would rate myself a 5 on this aspect because every time I posted on my blog, I would make sure to comment on someone else’s blog post. I thought this was actually very beneficial and I got to learn a variety of perspectives on the same topic.

3.On a scale of 1-5, I would rate myself a 4 on integrating class concepts into my posts. Only because in the beginning I wasn’t really sure what the posts had to include , due to my laziness. After two or three posts though, I would always include at least three or four examples from the show that would relate directly to the chapter.

4.Overall, my strengths for the blogging and participation would be my effectiveness to incorporate class concepts into the show and my active engagement with other student blogs. Towards the end of the semester, in almost every scene of Survivor, I could relate something directly to our textbook.

5.I could improve with my blogging by being more persistent overall with the amount of posts. I only did 6/10 of the posts, and I wish I participated in all of them.

6.The main thing I liked about blogging would be the fact that I got to  see what my classmates got out of the show and how it differed from my perspective. Everybody had something different to say.

7.To be honest, I didn’t really dislike anything about blogging. I typically enjoy doing them.

8.I wouldn’t really have any suggestions for the assignment, except for future students. I would suggest that they participate sooner in the week, rather last minute, because it just makes the experience better for everyone and more students will be able to get feedback from their classmates.


For this episode, the focus is on group motivation and it relates directly to the chapter. Ultimately, each tribe member is only going to focus on their own needs instead of the group because they want to win the challenge. Natalie in particular demonstrated this idea because she is determined to find the idol on the island in order to vote off John for revenge. However, all of the other tribe members feel the need to stay close to John because in his opinion, he is the “alpha male”.

Also, John seems to demonstrate some of the characteristics that describe a Dominator in the textbook. Numerous times he interrupts others when there speaking and exerts his own opinion and thinks its superior than everyone else’s. He also prevents other from participating or getting their two cents in because his motivation is more manipulated. John also feels “motivated” because of the fact that I mentioned he is alpha male which gives him certain power over the other tribe members. He wants to feel like he is contributing to the group and wants as maybe members to like him.

Another form of motivation from one of the group members is when Reid gives up his feast for winning the challenge because he stated in the grand scheme of things its better for his personal needs to plot the best possible way to get rid of John. I find this to actually be very smart and will work in his favor because he also gained trust from Bailor and her mom from giving up his feast. Overall, this episode related directly to group motivation in many different aspects.


In this Episode, It actually starts off with a recap of the last season but it relates directly to the chapter because in the last episode John was trying to be a leader for his tribe and tried to trick Jacqueline and John into thinking they had an alliance. It actually turned to bite him in the butt because Josh tried to vote out the designated leader, Jeremy, but instead he got voted off by the tribe.

In this episodes challenge the tribe divided into two teams and each team decided who went first. In my opinion I believe this symbolizes leadership as well because they have to strategize who will lead best in certain areas of the challenge. The first member from each team were the more skinny more balanced tribe members.After, followed the women leaders of each team. Next was the strongest tribe members from each team which is a good example of how the text book describes the power of power.

What I thought what was really powerful in this episode was how Natalie and Jeremy gave up their huge feast for winning the challenge because in their opinion they felt like they deserved it. I believe this demonstrates true leadership because they both showed what it was to care ultimately, and this will most likely motivate the members to not vote them out as fast. They are trying to gain leadership amongst as many tribe members as possible which is a very good strategy in my opinion.


In the beginning of this episode of Survivor, the tribe discusses how Julie quit on the spot and should have at least stuck around until the elimination round. This relates directly to the chapter because she did not have an effective problem solving strategy and didn’t include or inform any of the group members of her decision. She pretty much put her blinders up to everybody and blocked out all forms of communication.Julie had no action to develop a plan for solving her issues and just took the easy way out.  One of the group members even mentioned that she threw a wrinkle in the tribes plan (this is also the title of the episode), because they all planned to vote the fireman off.

Also, the majority of tribe has formed an alliance which makes it hard for other members to have any input or power in any of their group decisions. In the first challenge for this episode, the tribe demonstrates creative problem solving in various ways. They developed a strategy which involves the strong tribe members doing the heavy work , then they use the fastest tribe member to race to the top of the temple to unlock a statue. The entire tribe then works together to hoist the flag, which symbolizes that they have won after its raised. Overall, all of these strategies the tribe used to win the challenge are great examples of creative problem solving in groups.


In this weeks episode was particularly interesting because both tribes, Hunahpuh and Coyopa, merged together to form one tribe. This means that loved ones were reunited and new alliances started forming. I would say that it put a bit of pressure upon some of the tribe members, especially the ones who were singled out.

The chapter focuses on verbal and nonverbal communication, which includes two types of behaviors, supportive and defensive. In this episode, Jeremy shows defensive behavior because he places the blame on his entire tribe, and evaluates them without describing what they should have done.

Also, this episode is a great example of how men and women differ using their nonverbal communication. The women in the tribe tended to touch other tribe members more when they were excited during challenges , and the men tended to seem more relaxed.




In this episode, a big twist is added. Certain members of each tribe are redistributed and some family members and loved ones are reunited again.  At least three or four of the couples and family members were reunited which could either be beneficial for their tribe or hurt their tribe. In my opinion, I think it would be beneficial for the tribe because they have a much greater bond with each other which creates initiative to want to succeed more and help those loved ones out. This could test their ability to work together or it could be thrown back in their face and could cause arguments and disagreements because those members weren’t originally part of that tribe.

However, these two tribe members by the name of Jeremy and Natalie don’t have loved ones on their tribe so they decided to create an alliance between themselves. The original Hunahpu tribe is overrun by the Coyopa tribe and this put them at a disadvantage because they are outnumbered and this could possibly create a better chance for them to be voted off by the other tribe. Jeremy and Natalie knew that they were at a disadvantage so they tried to accumulate as many tribe members as possible in their alliance. I feel like this is going to bite them in the butt because their going to disclose all this information to the other tribe member and it could be used against them in the elimination.

Episode 2

The second episode starts off with a short recap of last episode, which involves the introductions of each tribe member. Almost instantly tribe members tried to form alliances based on their strengths and weaknesses.

On one tribe, the girls all formed an alliance, and the boys formed a separate alliance. There was one tribe member by the name of Josh who was smart enough to form alliances with both sides , which could either help his agenda or hinder it. Josh told the guys that he was going to vote off Naydia , but also told the girls he was going to vote off one of the guys. In the end, Josh ended up voting for neither.

In the other tribe, John took on the role of a tribe leader, mainly because he is much stronger than the other members. He could also be seen as intimating to some because he has such a central position with most of the tribe , and everybody seems to like him.

Although each tribe member on each team has a common goal of winning, there are some personal issues than prevent them to attain these goals. For example, one of the challenges involving Baylor and her mother really tested how far they were willing to go in order to win. After the daughter got hurt from the challenge the mom seemed to be a little upset with herself, and her emotions got in the way of winning the challenge. This just shows how intense the game is with blood vs. water and how your membership influences every other member in the game.