You see the same reality as me… don’t you?
One of the most fundamental assumptions we make when working together is that we all perceive the same things in the same way.
We do not.
Recognising this can create breakthroughs in otherwise locked situations
- This is a surprise to lots of people, we do in fact all have our own version of objective reality
- Proving it is another matter
- But it can be done
Proving it to a group
I started using this method with groups when introduced to it by a good friend of mine, David Smith.
This works well if you have done a Myers Briggs (MBTI) session with the group but it can be adapted to work well without (This post explains how)
- Split the room into two groups of MBTI preferences – one with S types the other with N types
- tell them you are going to show them a picture for 10 seconds after which you’ll ask them to write down what they saw.
- This is not a memory test just write down what you see that’s it.
The picture, have a good look at it:
Why not write down what you see before reading on
( you can click on the picture to magnify it )
there are no right or wrong answers
The interesting results that get written down tend to fall into roughly two categories
People who list the facts and count the objects, state the age of things
People who interpret the picture in the form of stories and assign emotional content
The really interesting thing happens when you get the two groups to present back to one another.
“Where did you get that from?”…… “I can’t see that!” ……. “ohh I see!”
these are some of the comments that emerge.
As a facililitator you have pure gold to work with because you have different groups of people who now have proved to one another that when presented with exactly the same information at the same time they see diffrent things.
This can result in some quietly profound experiences for the group
Let me know what you think.