Imagine that our country is under threat of imminent nuclear attack. You must make the important decision of who to let into the nearest fall-out shelter. There are 12 people vying to get in, but you can choose only five. Your choices include:
a 40-yr-old violinist who is a suspected narcotics pusher
a 60-yr-old architect
a 26-yr-old lawyer who will only go in if he can bring his wife
the lawyer's 24-yr-old wife who has just gotten out of a mental hospital
a 70-yr-old rabbi
a 34-yr-old retired prostitute who was so successful that she has been living on her annuities for five years
a 12-yr-old girl with a below-average IQ
a male high school student who needs a wheelchair to get around
a 20-yr-old gang member
a 23-yr-old female Catholic graduate student who speaks publicly on the virtues of chastity
a 28-yr-old male physicist who will only come into the shelter if he can bring his gun
a 19-yr. old college student who has just come out of the closet
Which five do you choose?
Write an essay describing how your fall-out shelter choices illustrated at least four of the social psychology concepts mentioned earlier. This essay should include a clear definition of each concept and then an example of how it appears in your decision.