University of Houston
The experiment that I conducted consisted of three groups of people which included friends, family and coworkers. I altered different aspects of my personality in order to try and determine the reactions of three groups that were previously listed above. Some information about me should be known in order for me describe how I changed some aspects of my personality. The simplified version of my personality is that I love to laugh, crack jokes, and I smile pretty much all day. Sometimes it is because I am laughing, and sometimes I just do it unconsciously for no apparent reason. In order for me to measure the reactions of the three groups, they would have had to be completely caught off guard seeing how this experiment was to be conducted in one day. So therefore, the day before the experiment, nobody was informed or had any clue what I would be doing the next day. My experiment was conducted on the Tuesday of April 10th. To conduct the experiment, I simply had to be as direct and straight forward with people as possible. No smiles were made and no jokes were cracked or even initiated. If someone tried to crack a joke, a deep gaze of displeasure was displayed upon them. To conclude my experiment I had to hypothesize on a couple of different factors. My original hypothesis was that during my experiment my family would response to my new characteristics would be more attentive and caring. My friends would feel withdrawn and some would probably get angry with me. I came up with this conclusion based on prior knowledge and the history that my friends and I have. With my coworkers, I was not exactly sure what to expect from them. There are so many different personalities combined in one environment. It was a toss-up. I felt as if coworkers would not really care because, it is a work environment. This meant that whatever personal issues that you had should not be brought the job. They just wanted to “do their job” and go home. Overall, people who are closer to me will give the biggest response to my new characteristics. The expectations for my hypotheses were correct except the one about my friends. Now you will see the methods and procedures that put my concepts to the test in my experiment. Method and Procedure
To conduct this experiment, there were variables that needed to be clearly established in order for me to get the best results. The independent variables in my experiment were the people that I tried to get to react towards my behavior. The term people had to be categorized into three categories. These categories were friends, family, and coworkers. The populations of these three groups also varied. My friends consisted of people that I attend school with. These three people are Derek, Chad, and Victoria. Keep in mind all three people have different personalities of their own. The population of family only consists of the people I live with, which include my mother, brother, and sister. The population of my coworkers consists of over twenty people. It was kind of hard experimenting all of them, because I work in the back of the store, so I only could get ahold of the majority.
It was quite challenging to keep my composure and make my experiment last an entire day knowing that nothing was actually wrong with me. The reactions of my friends, family and coworkers were hilarious to some extent. The puzzling stares that I received made me feel bad at some point of time. It was as if they were pondering in their head, “What did I ever do to you?” However, I did not let this phase me in the experiment. I stood firm and did not crack any smiles. I did not even smirk. I gave no impression of enjoyment to any conversation. I know my behavior impacted the people I conversed with. The resentment was obviously noticeable. Some regretted even speaking with me....