Intervention Responses

After conducting this exercise more than seventy-five times, the author has found that there is a very wide range of responses to the experience. Hundreds of meanings and insights have been uncovered in this way. Group members almost always report a heightened understanding of their experience with personal boundaries, intrusiveness, abandonment, competition, and conflict resolution. Connections may be made to family experiences of unwanted touching, interrupting, projective processes, competition, over-control, lack of privacy, difficulty saying "no," not being taught to negotiate, and many others.

Often group members will not realize that although it is not OK to touch while they go after their desired chairs, talking has not been prohibited. The healthier members may try to negotiate. Many will make a run for their new spot, or stay put in order to avoid conflict. Sometimes there is a great deal of laughter and good-humored self-consciousness. Other times, the anxiety level goes up to a point where people become confused, flustered, or confrontational.

The therapist should take care to be sure that each individual group member has the chance to debrief, learn from his or her experience, ask questions, and get suggestions. It will take active listening and questioning to help people talk about any conflicts that arose, how they dealt with them, and what makes it difficult to get the chair, or anything else, that they need or want. Those who avoided conflict must not be lost in the process, as they may have the most difficulty of all.

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