TOOL 2.11 – EMOTION: STAY NEXT

AIMS OF THE ACTIVITY
Objective of exercise is to experience a moment of emotional sharing and implement the acceptance of the other emotion. It will be also possible, in this case, to reflect on our way of helping relationship in contexts with high emotional intensity and on their strategies connection with the other. For those who will play their own emotional states will be also an opportunity to get across the helping relationship and find out from that point of view, what are the strategies in which feels respected their living space. For professionals working with young people the aspect of emotional and listening connection of their own and others’ emotions, it is clearly fundamental to building a relationship of trust.
DESCRIPTION / METHODOLOGY
Must start by saying that this exercise can have an ’emotional intensity rather loud, so it must be consider the climate and the composition of the group before using it. The phase in which the group is located. Moreover, the facilitator must feel able to support and accommodate adequately the emotions that this exercise may arouse. The facilitator ask to a group of 4, 5 participants to represent in terms of body and spatial view in the room, an ’emotion of sadness or fear or despair etc., and enter it in contact with this emotion for a few minutes (someone can put himself sitting, squatting, standing or how it feels to have to stay). All in a situation of absolute silence. on the signal of the facilitator as many people, who are proposed as “operators”, will approach the people who represent the emotions and everyone will have to go to accept and stand next to a person, taking care of his state feelings without words (you can be next, take the person by the shoulders, hug or just look at it) with the intent to receive and stop the loneliness emotion. The rest of the participants are placed in a position of observers.

In debriefing it ask people who represented the emotional states as was the experience of contact and care of others, if there is something that has worked or put them in trouble in the style of “help.” Subsequently, the “operators” tell their feelings and their strategies from their point of view and will be able to reflect on the need that emotional connection gauges on signals that the other sends us and how it can be difficult to connect on an emotional level.

SUGGESTED TIMING
30 minutes debriefing included)
MATERIAL AND RESOURCES NEEDED
 
COMPETENCES DEVELOPED
The styles of help relationship

Emotional Literacy

The construction of empathy and emotional contact