Child and Youth
Fear in a Hat: a group interpersonal
Set an appropriate tone, e.g., settled, attentive, caring and serious. The tone could be set by introducing the topic of fear and explaining how it is normal and natural at this stage of program that people are experiencing all sorts of anxieties, worries and fears about what might happen. A good way of starting to deal with these fears is have them openly acknowledged — lay them on the table, without being subject to ridicule. Having one's fears expressed and heard almost immediately cuts them in half.
This activity can be done as the first in a program, during the
initial stages or well into the program. When used early on in particular, it
can help to foster group support and be helpful for alerting the group to issues
they may want to respect in a Full Value Contract.
One by one, each group member reads out the fear of another
group member and elaborates and what he/she feels that person is most afraid of
in this group/situation. No one is to comment on what the person says, just
listen and move on to the next person.
When all the fears have been read out and elaborated on, then discuss what people felt and noticed.
This can lead into other activities, such as developing a Full Group Contract, personal or team goal settings, course briefings which specifically tackle some of the issues raised, or into other activities in which participants explore their feelings and fears (e.g., see the Fear in a Hat description at www.nurturingpotential.net )
Equipment: Paper and pen/pencil per participant; Hat, tin or bag.
Time: 5 minutes + 1-2 minutes per participant, e.g., 15-20 minutes for a group of 10.
Brief description: People write personal fears anonymously on pieces of paper which are collected. Then each person reads someone else's fear to group and explains how the person might feel.
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