The primary focus in this paper will be on group work.
A group is a coalition of individuals who require each at different levels so that they can work on a certain common problem. In a group, there is need to use each other and create helping relationships which is very vital to any group process. However, it is not a guarantee that when individuals come together aid will emerge. There are many obstacles that can block the ability of the members of the group to reach one another and offer help. The group members have to learn how to cope with developmental and maturational tasks and demands that require adaptation and changes within the group (Greene and Greene, 2008).
The group that is our class started on August 30, 2010. At the beginning, there was no much interaction because every one was a stranger to one another. The first thing an individual feels when meeting people in a group for the first time in many cases is fear. Shulman (2008) describes it as fear-of-group syndrome.
The first concept is the fear-of-group syndrome. Feeling unease is common thing when meeting people for the first time. One clearly notes this is the beginning phase of a group during introductions. The fear-of-group syndrome emerges at this point (Shulman, 2008). The tone of the voice may suggest that this person has never led a group or worked in a group. An individual may decide to keep quiet because of fear and this can result to the individual withdraw from the group’s activities. During the beginning of our class, some students were afraid of introducing themselves or opening up to other members of the group. The tone of voice in some indicated that they were not that willing to interact with the rest of the group.
The second concept is discussing a taboo area. Norms and taboos are different in each community. Re-creation of a group into a micro-society involves bringing together norms, rules, expectations and taboos from the group members’ experiences. A difficult task