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Mean Girls MGT363
Transcript of Mean Girls MGT363
Film Analysis Danielle Chimenti
Deanna Smith Manifest Needs Affiliation Aggression Impulsiveness Exhibition Achievement Power What are manifest needs?
Manifest needs are learned or acquired
needs that are easily perceived. Power The mean girls, aka, the "Plastics" are
Regina George, Gretchen Wieners,
Karen Smith and eventually Cady Heron.
They are a homogeneous group with
similar thinking patterns and therefore
fall victim to groupthink: a deterioration
of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment. Illusions of group morality & illusions of unanimity Illusions of invulnerability and attempts at rationalization: Stereotyping the enemy and self-censorship Mindguards and Peer Pressure Sources of Regina's power :
Power, Authority & Influence
Referent, coercive, legitimate
Regina's Symptoms of Powerlessness
Information Power Ethical Behavior Planned Parenthood Cady reputation in the group has caused her to feel that she is above criticism in her actions and she begins to concoct explanations for her decisions in order to appear rational and correct.
Question: How does Cady exhibit rationalization in this clip? New Fashion Man Candy Responsibility of Actions Weight Gain Confessions Regina feels that she is moral in her actions to punish Taylor for going out with Jason. Cady does not voice her opinion on the fairness of the matter and so the group assumes she feels the same.
Name one way that the illusion of unanimity could have been prevented. The girls have stereotyped the personalities of their fellow classmates and teachers by recording rumors in which they wholeheartedly believe in the "Burn Book". In this clip Cady does not express her concern over the girls having an untrue depiction of Janis in the "Burn Book."
What does self-censorship prevent in group decision-making? Cady chooses to not tell Janis the truth about what is in the "Burn Book." Janis is questioning Cady's loyalty in order to try and convince her to steal the "Burn Book."
Question: Why are mindguards bad in group decision making? Answer: By protecting someone from negative feedback, group members are shielding them from information that may have changed the course of action. One example: When Cady tries to say that Janis and Damien were not invited to her party is because she is pretending to be "Plastic." Some examples: Having the group leader hold off on stating opinion on issue.
Having a group members assume the role of a critical evaluator. It prevents a critical analysis of the decision. The