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THINK LIKE AN IMPROVISER: Make Fewer Assumptions, Notice More, Play At The Top Of Your Intelligence

What makes improvisation unique as an art form and a method of self-development is its emphasis on heightened awareness of, and response to, what is presented in the moment. To do that we have to be willing and able to notice and accept what is offered. To notice and to listen to others are high-level interpersonal skills cultivated through the fun, engaging process of improvisation that have rich, real-life pay-offs. Because regardless of how well we think we listen and are aware of what others do and say, we can always improv. Sorry, I meant improve.
Responsiveness to the present moment does not mean we shut out all the knowledge, life experience and skill we bring to it. All of who we are is called upon to bring what improvisers call "playing at the top of our intelligence" to our response. Jimmy Carrane, a veteran improv performer, much respected teacher and host of the fantastic podcast Improv Nerd, describes this principle as making choices- in a game or scene - that ar…

Reimagining and Reframing Anxiety Through Improvisation workshop hand-out

"Because it is possible to create, one has anxiety. One would have no anxiety if there were no possibility whatever. Creating actualizes one's possibilities, always involves destroying the status quo, destroying old patterns within oneself, progressively destroying what one has clung to from childhood on, and creating new and original forms and ways of living. If one does not do this, one is refusing to grow, refusing to avail himself of his possibilities; one is shirking his responsibility to himself."Soren Kierkagaard, quoted on Maria Popova's wonderful website
 Anxiety has a vital function for human beings, who evolved with almost none of the physical survival capacities of other mammals - like big claws, the ability to run and climb at amazing speed, thick fur or razor sharp teeth - but instead are endowed with this big thinking brain that can design a probe to land on an asteroid flying through space but sometimes cannot tell the difference …