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Final Blog – OVER AND OUT

1) I made a concerted effort to turn my blogs in on time in which I can say with certainty that I succeeded. I would give myself a 5.

2) I did kind of tail off on the last two blogs in terms of commenting on other people’s blog. For the most part, I felt like I did a decent job. I would give myself a 3 or 4.

3) I felt like I always integrated class concepts into my blogs because I thought that was the point of it. I would give myself a 5.

4) I felt like my strengths pertained to the questions above. I felt like for blogging, I took it seriously. I kept up with the show, blogged on time and always involved class concepts.

5) I could have stayed strong on commenting on other people’s blog towards the end. I’m sure I could have responded in lengthier responses if I had to do it over again.

6)I liked how it was only supposed to be 300 words. I felt like that was an appropriate word count to get your point across of how you felt the show related to class concepts.

7)I didn’t necessarily dislike the blogging, I just didn’t like the show survivor whatsoever. To me, it was more about deceit and backstabbing than it was how to be a good group or team member.

8)Maybe just pick a different show?

Survivor # Three-Squared

This episode of Survivor finally brought out the immunity idols for the first time this season. Both Keith and Jon wisely played their idols to avoid being eliminated. It was a decision that was made at the last second at tribal council thanks to Natalie who encouraged Jon to play it this week instead of holding on to it. Natalie helping Jon provided a turn of events because Natalie throughout the show was saying she wanted Jon to get a taste of his own medicine referencing what transpired with Jeremy last week. Jon, otherwise would have been voted off the show and the show would have been extremely more interesting had the power couple been cut in half. What was Natalie’s motivation for telling Jon and keeping him in the game when she wanted revenge for what happened to Jeremy? I think one of the motivators behind it was her being able to exercise her sense of choice which the book describes as “the shared feeling that a group has the power and ability to make decisions about how to organize and do its job.”  Natalie used her autonomy, wherewithal, and ultimately her sense of choice for the betterment of her group (Baylor and Missy) by getting inside Jon’s head to play the idol. Natalie also motivated Baylor in finding  an idol initially as they teamed up while heading back to camp as the losing team cementing their trust in each other. Obviously Missy is safe since she is Baylor’s loved one forming the three as a power group. Now Jon no longer has his idol and he is aware that the group no longer wants him in the game. Jon is going to have to adjust his game plan if he wants to make it another week. Natalie has a good strategy she’s sticking to Keith was influenced to play his idol once Jon played his. Now Natalie/Baylor have the only idol and they are three strong which is the strongest combination to have at this point.

8th-Survivor

In this episode of Survivor,  things took somewhat of a surprising turn when Jeremy was voted out. I felt like Jeremy was one the strongest teammates on the show in addition to being the most trustworthy.  Jeremy was on the winning team for the first challenge and actually gave up his winnings to Jacqueline as a tactic to deepen his alliance with one of the power couples.  As a result of his selfless act, he was rewarded with being voted to exile island and then voted off the show. What kind teammates he has. It should be noted that Jeremy exchanged his victory spot with Jacqueline after Natalie, Jeremy’s closest ally on the show, gave up her victory to John. This is important because it shows Jeremy’s true character because once he saw Natalie give up her spot, he joined her without hesitation to demonstrate how to stay true to someone that you trust. John and Jacqueline should have showed some pride and rejected their offer. That’s why when I think of leadership, which is described in the book as the ability to make strategic decisions and use communication effectively to mobilize group members toward achieving a common goal, I think of Jeremy. His decision to exchange his opportunity to feast and drink on the winning yacht was a strategic move to show others to trust in his leadership skills. A leader leads by example; not by words. A leader is also not afraid to go against the norm to ensure the common goal is succeeded despite whether people like him or not. Your’e not always going to please everybody and not everyone can handle that. Not everyone on the show could have handled being on exile island for two days at this point but Jeremy’s willingness to nominate himself tells me that he has big enough shoulders to carry a team on his back. He is a true leader and it was unfortunate that he was cheated by some of his teammates he trusted and was voted out.

Survivor #7

This episode of Survivor didn’t contain a lot of dramatics in terms of different people earning victories and getting the right to remain on the show. I may be wrong but haven’t they always had at least two competitions on each episode?? Maybe that has changed since the merge. Anyway, all the dramatics seemed to take place behind the scenes as everybody is desperately trying to position themselves to not get voted out. Every member of this new group has an agenda and they have demonstrated that most are willing to do whatever they have to do to maintain that agenda. I am new to this show, but since having a several episodes under my belt, I now know that positioning is basically what makes the show. This show is more about how mentally strong you are rather than physically. Problem-solving realities are no different, however they not be the most ethical at times in groups. Like it says in the book “Group decision making in the real world is often messy.” These particular realities consist of politics, preexisting preferences, and power. Politics is eventually going to occur in group problem solving just as it strongly does in Survivor. With politics comes deceit, games, and manipulation.  Most of the members are deceitful and betray the trust of one another as fast as they often give their word of faith that they are in alliance. That’s why I was glad Josh was voted out because he was the primary culprit in telling Baylor that they were on good terms and telling guys like Dale, Wes, and Alec to vote her out. It would have been Jeremy in Baylor’s position but he was able to win the competition. Preexisting preferences refers to “when we encounter something that challenges our beliefs, we often view it as flawed.” This existed between Dale and Missy as both have a different parenting style that conflicts with the other. Dale is critical of Missy’s daughter Baylor being lazy and Missy sticking up for her, while Missy views Dale and his son as chauvinistic. Power is self-explanatory because whoever possesses autonomy within the group usually has the greatest influence in solving problems in the group. For example John and Jackelin are still the power couple.

Survivor 6

In this episode of Survivor, things start to spice up. The merge took place which basically means that the two teams have integrated and there is no longer such thing as Hunahpu and Coyopa; instead it’s hyopa. Every member is essentially for themselves although, if you have a loved one still remaining on the show,  you have the upper hand by default. In the midst of the merge, there was one character in particular that stood out in displaying some key elements of nonverbal behaviors.

The components of Nonverbal behavior are: personal appearance, facial expression and eye contact, vocal expression, and physical expression. Julie, who’s boyfriend John Rocker was voted out a while back, expressed all of the nonverbals’ listed above, only not in a positive way.  Julie seemed to be her own judge when it came to personal appearance because as she was quitting the show, she explained to Jeff that she had been judged most of her life because of her personal appearance. She is skinny with breast implants and sometimes conducted herself as diva. Her face expressions and eye contact were minimum. She had stopped smiling over the course of the show and on the last episode, her eyes were swollen with pockets of tears that she was doing her best to hold back. Her vocal expressions seemed to support her feelings as her voice often got shaky and she would speak in a low monotone pitch. Her physical expression was closed and unwelcoming as she sat by herself most of the episode and away from the other members. It was clear by Julie’s nonverbal behavior that she did not want to be on the show any longer and that being there was really taking a toll on her. Julie didn’t have to say much to Jeff when quitting the show, we could all tell by her body language that her run on Survivor was over.

Survivor V

This episode of Survivor seemed to be fairly uneventful specifically in terms of how the chapter relates to it, but there was something minor that caught my eye since we have to make the correlation.  The show has been essentially one-sided since it began as the Hunahpa tribe continues its dominance over the Coyora tribe.  Despite the success of the Hunahpa tribe, they have mismanaged their resources and barley have a teaspoon of rice for the entire tribe. The host says he’s willing to make a trade and give them more rice, but he wants everything they have won from prior competitions in return. After the host states his terms, without even thinking the tribe collects their bedding, fire, pots, etc and exchange it for the rice. Meanwhile, Jeremy voices his displeasure with the trade because he feels like they could obtain food by way of other means like the abundance of sea food that they are right next to for the entire show. Julie seemed to be sacrificing by giving up her bedding and shelter because she said sleeping in the rain was the most difficult thing she ever had to go through during her confession time. The show didn’t show Jeremy and Josh rebuttal the trade but it would seem based off the other tribe members reactions that they didn’t really care. To me, this is a combination example of poor listening habits through Pseudolistening and Superficial Listening. Pseudolistening is pretend listening while your mind is elsewhere. It’s like the lights are on but no one is home. Jeremy is a big personality sometimes and I don’t know if he is starting to wear thin on some of the other tribe members where they have tuned out to listening to him. Based on how Julie felt about spending the night in the rain without adequate shelter, I could see how the rest of the tribe might use Superficial Listening when interacting with Julie. She gives off the vibe that she has potential to be a diva at times and her looks could be distracting which not to stereotype but often go hand in hand. It wouldn’t be hard to believe that Julie gets judged every time she speaks.

 

I may be reaching on all of this, but I’m just trying to figure out why Jeremy and Julie didn’t have a bigger say in the trade because if someone listened to them, the outcome could have been different. Especially since they won the next day and had a gourmet feast compared to what they have been eating. If only they would have known; or would have listened.

Survivor the 4th

In this edition of Survivor, many things change. Literally, the teams have all switched up and intertwined amongst the two group from prior. Now the Coyora tribe consists of three pairs that are “loved ones” and one considered single because his son (game partner) is now on the Hunahpu team. The Hunahpu tribe only has one pair of gaming partners on that team while the rest are considered single.  There is a lot of mixing and matching different personalities when switching teams in the middle of a reality game show and the characters often get revealed during this process.

The Big Five Personality Traits can help us better understand some of the characters on the show in terms of who they are and how they are playing the game of Survivor. The Big Five Personality Traits are defined as something psychologists use to describe personalities. The first trait is Extraversion which best describes Baylor. I don’t even think Baylor is old enough to have a drink yet, but she definitely asserts herself despite her young age. Baylor’s extravert personality was most evident when trying to put a strategy together against all the girls in her first tribe. Agreeableness is the next trait and this can be seen in  Julie. Julie seems very good-natured and tolerant of all her teammates and does a good job of keeping low maintenance despite dating a former pro athlete. Conscientiousness  fits Dale very well because he seemed like the pioneer in being able to stay disciplined and  preserve food for the bigger picture. The other group did not manage their resources properly and with Dale being responsible, its really paying off in the end. Jackelin gets the nod for Emotional Stability because she seems very calm, cool, and collected. She is with her boyfriend now but her demeanor hasn’t changed much. She never gets too high and never gets too low. Open to Experience is our last once and that goes to Reed/Josh. Both seem broadminded especially when on the same team. They are smart guys who will definitely have a creative strategy going forward.

Survivor III

On this episode of Survivor, we finally have a momentum swing. The Coyora tribe got their first, hard earned victory against the Hunahpu tribe sending us to uncharted territory. We get to see how the Hunahpu tribe handles adversity from their first loss as conflict in the group begins to emerge.

Conflict is described in the book as “the disagreement and disharmony that occur in groups when members express differences regarding group goals; member ideas, behavior, and roles; or group procedures and norms.” As you can imagine, the game survivor is bound to encounter conflict since it makes a living off of the drama that stems thus providing entertainment. Nonetheless, there are three types of conflict that illustrates many of the tribe members roles that can be seen throughout the episode.

Substantive Conflict is when the group has a difficult time determining ideas, decisions, or goals. It was clear the Hunahpu tribe couldn’t hone in on a clear strategy of how to go about making their team stronger, as it took them up until voting night to make up their minds on who was getting eliminated. Since they hadn’t been in that position before, I could tell they were inexperienced in their approach to each other. Jeremy and Keith had a difficult time maintaining the goals the two had agreed upon in which they were supposed to be in alliance mainly because of their fireman bond.

Affirmative Conflict is more interpersonal and it deals with the inability of particular personalities to coexist. This conflict really takes place as Drew’s personality was congruent with how the rest of the team operated. He came across too strong and rubbed people the wrong way finding himself voted off the show as a result.

Procedural Conflict is the final conflict that is exemplified in the show, which mainly is a conflict with the execution of a particular strategy. Drew once again demonstrated this but his critique of the team in the swimming ring competition. We all know he only did this to disguise the fact that he threw the game, but otherwise his criticism would be a procedural conflict for the way they conducted their strategy.

Survivor II

In this episode of Survivor, Chapter 3 is quite evident in many cases. William Schutz, a psychologist who studied and focused on group members interpersonal needs within that group. Schutz developed a Fundamental Interpersonal Relationship Orientation Theory (FIRO) that explains needs we share when in a group. The first need is the need for inclusion. We all want to be included and accepted among the people we are around which is exactly what both tribes have illustrated. The second need is the need for control in terms of feeling confident and making decisions for yourself. The last is need for affection as in being well liked.

The Coyora tribe attempt to be included amongst their group when it comes to them losing their battle. In other words, they want to make sure they are included in the getting to game plan against other tribe members and want to be accepted by tribe members in order to not be voted off. For the Hunahpu tribe, the need for inclusion is different because their team is working in harmony. Their need for inclusion stems from the mentality of not wanting to let their teammates down since such strong bonds have developed through the success of their tribe.

The next need from Schutz is the need for control. Several of the Coyora tribe demonstrate their need quite firmly. John Rocker desperately tries to influence the rest of the tribe and seize control since he probably feels the most competent on the team being a former professional athlete. Reed also demonstrates a high need for control as he is constantly aware and strategizing the pecking order of the tribe. I’m sure this takes place in the Hunahpu tribe but winning disguises a lot of flaws.

The final need is the need for affection. I think this need goes without saying is pretty obvious. Human nature is we all want to be liked and loved to some degree. It is no different with both the Survivor teams. At the end of the day, it still is a competition and everyone is looking out for themselves, but they would still like to walk away with friendships and bonds.

John Rocker was voted off and Baylor may be on deck. I think Wes and his buddy are up to something. Seems like they are always in cahoots. Coyora needs a victory! Val needs to be reunited with her husband.

First ‘Survivor’ Experience

In my first time ever watching an episode of Survivor, I saw that Chapter 2 applied in many different ways. The chapter, Group Development, played a vital role in the start of this year’s new tribes in that they have to go through the natural progression of forming groups. Forming, which is the first stage in the Bruce Tuckman’s Group Development Model, describes this stage as when members are being cautious and courteous to each other just like the members of  Survivor were doing with their new teammates. They all tentatively collect information about one another and start off by treating one another with utmost respect.  Storming, Tuckman’s next stage, may just be the most crucial stage in the model because members will start to compete for the title of Alpha and are not shy to let it be known. Members compete for status and usually conflict is involved. Some of the cast members displayed that on this week’s show because roles within the tribes are starting to take place. The blue team is undefeated in challenges which tells me that their storming phase is about finished and the norming phase is set to begin.  When success is achieved early in a group, I feel like it is easier for the Group Development process to take place just as fast as they achieved their success. I will be interested to see how the yellow team responds since they are experiencing a little bit of turmoil early in this season. The yellow team has to keep their goal in mind as a team. Sometimes when you can look at the big picture and keep together as a team to ultimately realize their goal, it can supersede the adversity that the yellow team are facing. If not, the blue team will be performing, then adjourning, which are the last two phases in Tuckman’s development model.