EXERCISE 1—Emotional Self-Awareness: Confessors and Listeners (Based on Lynn, 2002)
The aim of this exercise is to improve your awareness and control of your own emotional responses, and the extent to which you produce emotional responses in others.
You need to pair off with a partner. In the first round, one of you will play the confessor while the other plays the listener. After the first round you will be asked to reflect on the content of the interaction.
Think of a real personal weakness that you possess, for example, being prone to behaviors such as being short-tempered, domineering, too yielding, late, unreliable, disorganized, blaming others, obstructive, not eating properly, smoking, ...