This essay will analyse and observe the group of my family household. Through reflective questions the essay will answer what the goals of the group are, communication within the group, the different roles, the cohesion of the group, the differences, and the leadership within the group. We interact and communicate either in groups or with groups in all area of our lives, whether it is at work or in a household. This usually means you are communicating with a broad range of people, and don’t always interact with these groups in a conscious manner. Some group aspects will be outlined beneath the topic headings and these not only relate to my family household group, but they relate to all groups.
1. Group goals
Note the goals and agendas of each of the group members (why they are a member of the group – what they would like to achieve).
I chose to observe and analyse my family household group. The relationships of the group members are as follows: Marion is the mother, and Andrew is the father. Ben is the younger brother – 17 years, I am the middle child (Philippa) – 19 years, and Joseph is the older brother – 21 years. Joseph has moved out to university in Canberra, but comes home most holidays. The family lives together on the family farm.
The underlying goal of the household group is to live in harmony with each other, with minimum conflicts, and positive emotional connections between one-another (Peterson & Green, 2009). There are extra goals held by the members such as Marion and Andrew who are to provide income for the family to eat healthy food, prepare this food for meals, provide a comfortable house to live in, clothe the family, and provide enough income for day-to-day expenses. Andrew’s goal is to run the family farming business as a successful enterprise. He also may hope that the future generation might like to pursue a farming career. Joseph’s goal is to enjoy home-life when he visits the family. Philippa’s goal is to achieve at University and Ben’s goals are to achieve at school and in his football at a State level.
All members are part of the group because they are part of the family and live together (although Joseph is not always present in the household). The members of the group did not get a choice whether or not to join, because they are automatically part of the family once they are born into it.
What impact do these different goals have on the way the group functions?
Often there are farm jobs that need doing that requires family members to help and this impacts on achieving their own goals if it takes up time. Ben’s football playing and training impacts on Marion and Andrew not having any spare time as they are always driving Ben to and from football events during the week, and on weekends.
Some members of the group care about the group goals more than others. As the parents, Marion and Andrew are the main instigators when it comes to how positive the household is, and they also are the ones that are focused on the goals to provide income for the family to live.
Related to building a harmonious household, Marion and Andrew make it known to the house when they are unhappy and why they feel this way. Usually they figure out how they can solve the problem that is making them feel negative. The emotional state of one person can impact on the emotions of the people around them. This is called emotional leakage. Emotional leakage is an occurrence where an individual transmits signals that can alter hormone levels, sleep rhythms and cardiovascular functions, of another person. The transmitting of signals is done through nonverbal communication and the individual cannot control it. Signs of an individual’s emotions can be noticed through their body language, and this is also what transfers the emotional signal from one person to another (Boone & Buck, 2003). If Marion and Andrew remain in negative moods, it highly...