Posted by: phynbarr | April 25, 2008


“Everyone” has heard of psychosomatic – where the mind affects the state of the body – so it should come as no surprise that, as with most things in our biology, if the feedback loop works one way, then it will also act in reverse.

So, in this instance, the body can affect the state of the mind.  I heard recently that research has shown (why do I feel tremors of unease at that over-used phrase?) that one of the most effective treatments for depression is activities. 

Now, I would think it would depend on the length of the depression, the severity and many other external and internal factors.   And the activity is not “getting fit” but just “doing something active”. 
Hence, I suppose, why having a dog is such good therapy.  It demands a walk every day whereas a cat .  . .  But it’s an interesting thought.

And its relevance to facilitation?

Well for those of us who work in areas where the intellectual is prized and “we don’t like all this fluffy stuff”, it gives us a cast-iron reason for just simply moving people around.  Literally give them a new perspective and re-energise them.  Use the surroundings a bit more and not just the room we’re in.

It doesn’t have to be complicated, I occasionally like to use an imaginary line of the floor with 0 (or 1) as “I wouldn’t touch this with a barge-pole” and 10 as “I am fully committed” to whatever idea is under discussion.  It gives everyone a general idea of the strength of feeling in the room and allows the facilitator to ask such questions as

  • What does it mean to be a number . . . .?
  • What would it take to move from a n to a n+1?
  • How much have you group of n’s got in common?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, please add comments and create a discussion


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