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Social Psychology

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Social Psychology 3623 Social Psychology

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Notes from 4/18-4/22
Social Psychology
Dr. Thomas Carskadon
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Date Created: 04/24/16
Social Psy. 4/18­4/22 Ossorio’s maxim: if you give people a task they cannot do, people respond with a task  they can do.  ­The fact that they cannot do something tells us something about them. But people give  you something even though it may be different than what you wanted. They don’t just do  nothing though.  Ossorio’s maxim is connected to social psychology through leadership. Suppose you’re a  leader of something. What do you do if you’re confronted with a problem that you can’t  solve? What you have to do is figure out something you can do instead. When people  look for you to do something you can’t do, you better do something you can do. Ex: You become a teacher and you have many goals and ideas to improve learning in  schools. However, it doesn’t work, so you give up. Don’t give up! You need to remember why you became a teacher. Remembering what you came for and why you became that  person will be helpful to you and your performance when faced with challenges that you  can’t overcome easily.  Carskadon’s Law: 90% (most) of all professionals operate not in accordance with the  needs of the people they’re serving but for their own.  Ex1: Dr. C had been given the case of a guy with seizures. At that time, they had a  neuropsychology department in the hospitals, and their work takes a long time to finish.  Dr. C had to test the man with seizures. However, to prevent the continuation of seizures,  the man has been heavily sedated. Even though they know this, Dr. C’s supervisor makes  him continue with the test anyway. Dr. C stated that he explained to his supervisor how  sedated the man was and how the test wouldn’t give them real results. However, the  supervisor told him to go ahead with it. So, it didn’t really matter to the supervisor how  sedated he was nor if the test results would be bogus. He was just trying to finish his  work with the patient.  Ex2: In the hospital, they took a 78 year old man who would walk a little and then fall.  The doctors ran a test by making him walk. However, they don’t find a solution so they  just discharge the man. In order to discharge him, they had to find someone who could  take him home. He was set up with a social worker who asked him about his family. The  man had no one. Then she asked about friends and he mentioned one. Once she found out that he had a friend, she didn’t even bother to ask any other questions about who this  friend was. She just took the answer and left. She was just trying to find anyone to take  this man home.  Carskadon’s Corollary: the definition of being a professional is to not follow Carskadon’s Law.  ­What do you do if you’re a leader and believe in Carskadon’s Law? You try to recruit  the best for the service. Also, structure your organization so that the only way people get  what they want is by doing for the one’s they’re supposed to do for.  Corporate Conscience: It doesn’t exist.  Ex: Let’s say Ford finds a defective car. They consult the engineers about how much it  will cost to recall them. Then they consult their legal team and ask about what they would pay in court for not fixing the cars. They compare the costs and decide to do the cheaper  option, which is to not recall the cars, let people die, and settle for the legal payments.  What happens if you’re a leader running a staff meeting, and there’s one guy talking all  time? How do you get other people to talk?  ­you make them raise their hands and take their turn.  The best leaders consider themselves humble servants. Ex: Eisenhower  Be sure to consult everyone before making a decision that may affect those people. Never make a commitment to anyone that is complaining without hearing both sides of  the dispute.  What happens if you have a vote of 7 to 5?  ­a good leader goes for consensus.  You should listen to those that disagree with you.  If you have complicated issues, you should divide them into parts. You should not take a vote until one side states their position and the other does, too.  You never end a discussion without letting everyone get a chance to say something.  Always be fair and democratic. You can control the process, so make it really fair.  Try to reserve judgment. Committees are necessary; however, no committee can justify its existence without  causing trouble for someone.  ­If you know something is going to be reviewed by a committee, don’t give them small  mistakes to point out to you because they will use anything. 


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