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The climate in a group is very important It greatly influences the outcome of the situation andthe outcome of the problem The amount of support the type of messages and the degree ofcohesiveness are the defining factors which determine the climate of the group The film Waking NedDevine shows all these factors throughout the movie especially in the church sceneA defensive climate evolves when a member of the group focuses more on his own needs ratherthan on those of the group This person is primarily concerned with his own benefit even at the hisgroups cost Cartwright Zander 1960 This type of climate appears when the person attacksanother person instead of the issue tries to manipulate the situation has a hidden agenda has nointerest feels superior and leaves no room for error Beebe Masterson 2000 In the movie thewitch Lizzie Queen tries to manipulate the situation to gain the most Her secret agenda is to keepmost of the lottery money and this brings on a defensive climate She almost prevents the town ofTulley More from achieving its goal she brought the group climate downA supportive climate does the exact opposite In this climate members of the group truly carefor the group and goal have no hidden agendas and can admit when they are wrong Cartwright Zander 1960 There is also a sense of equality and trust in this climate Beebe Masterson 2000 There are several examples of supportive climates throughout the movie including the scene in whichJackie lets the town know of his plans and wishes of attaining the winnings The town accepts the offerand the people begin working towards this goal with a sense of equality since the money will be spentThe climate of the group is greatly affected by the type of responses and messages the memberssend to each other The group is bound to have a defensive climate if members use disconfirmingresponses those that lower the peoples self-esteem Cartwright
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