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Applied Improvisation For Emotional Intelligence & Stress-Resilience - Sept. 13, 2014 workshop handout

"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play."                 
Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher
GAMES, EXERCISES AND SCENE WORK 
Color/Advance: Objectives: Social-emotional engagement between trainer/teacher and group;Overcoming communication barriers;Experience a dynamic interplay between trainer/teacher and group;This version of “color-advance” is appropriate for a teacher or trainer to use in the context of explaining some new material or information than for participants with one another, although a variation of it is used with participants – including kids or teens – which is described below. Using “color-advance” a storyteller or speaker can interact with a group while delivering the material in a way that empowers the group to ask for clarification or move ahead to the next point. The speaker begins, and group members can say only one of two directions:
"Advance" which means move to the next part of the story or point;
"Co…

WHAT WE FEAR IN AN IMPROV SITUATION IS WHAT WE FEAR IN REAL LIFE - and that's why it is therapeutic in the best possible way

WHAT WE FEAR IN AN IMPROV SITUATION IS WHAT WE FEAR IN LIFE ALL THE TIME: that we have to look good. Be right. Have the answer. Perform. Hold back. Stay small. Win the fight or give up the fight depending on our personal history. That looking stupid is a kind of death but looking too smart will make us a big show-off, and a variety of other stories we have living inside our heads. Defenses and internal structures to avoid awareness of these fears are a natural and necessary part of being human, because in many situations it makes more sense to simply compensate for and cover them up. We count on these internal structures so much that our subconscious believes they are the truth - and will scare us when we violate these internal set points. Improvisation violates these ingrained beliefs as well as self-protective needs to control our interactions with the world and to know what will happen next. In Applied Improvisation situations, we can examine the ways we edit, censor, or hold back …