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Write down the assumptions they believe are being made. Here is an example:
Ed and Sarina are college educated. They decided to move to the suburbs from the city, although both will continue to work in the city. The pressures of the city are getting to them. They are having more arguments. They spend weekends getting out of the city. They believe that suburban living is more natural. They feel that their daughter is being short-changed in the city because she is wetting her bed and getting an inferior education. They believe that the move will improve their quality of life; being able to move from the pressures of the city will help their relationship and family.
a. Assumptions underlying the scenario:
1) If they move, the overall quality of life will improve.
2) Public schools in the suburbs are better.
3) Their daughter's bedwetting will stop since it is due to the pressures of city life.
4) Marital arguments will stop since they are due to the pressures of city life.
5) Their daughter's education will improve if the move to the suburbs.
b. How the individuals in the scenario can validate their assumptions:
1) Do some research with further thought and inquiry (e.g., talk to others who have made the move; check out the schools by visiting them and speaking to other parents).
2) Check with a counselor regarding what might cause bedwetting.
c. Some possible alternatives are:
1) What are they arguing about; how are the arguments happening? All their arguments might be about different expectations.
2) Consider the added pressures of suburban life (e.g., the time and effort of commuting could cause more problems).
3) Find a couple who made the opposite move for similar reasons and compare.
d. How an outsider could check to see if the assumptions are valid:
1) Interview the child to determine if there are other causes for her bedwetting.
2) Compare the academic performance of schools in the city to schools in the suburbs
3) Interview the parents to determine if the cause of the arguing really is the stress of city life and not some other underlying problem.

The scenario I need help with is the following:
Jeffrey, a manager in his 40s, works for a medium-sized organization in Chicago, and is fed up with work. The problem is not financial, it is that he is not being recognized. The boss recently brought in an outsider to help him at his own expertise. He has applied for other jobs and has been offered one in California. The interviewer flattered him. He felt his qualifications were being highly regarded. He feels that if he takes this new job, he'll clearly be recognized and rewarded.

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a. Assumptions underlying the scenario:
1) Jeffrey will be recognized and rewarded better by his boss in California.
2) The boss in California will not bring in any outsiders to help Jeffrey with his own expertise.
3) The interviewer really regards Jeffrey highly.
4) The boss will regard Jeffrey highly once he starts his job.
4) Jeffrey will be compensated similarly in California.
5) Jeffrey will not experience other new problems in California that he did not have in ...

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