The scissors

This simulation exercise lets the players experience that contradictory messages can be hidden under communication.

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Everything you need to play this game

  • Scissors
  • Seats

A step-by-step guide to play the game

1

All players stand in a circle.

2

You give them the explanation.

  1. The players must pass the scissors crossed or uncrossed to their left neighbor.
  2. Hereby they say aloud: "I pass the scissors crossed (or uncrossed)."
  3. As a game leader you will indicate whether the player has passed on the scissors correctly or incorrectly. (This feedback is crucial.)
3

The aim of the game is for the players to find out how to correctly pass on the scissors.


The code: The players will pay close attention to the scissors: are they passed open (crossed) or closed (uncrossed)? But it is not about the scissors, but about how the players keep their legs or feet.

  • If they have their legs crossed, then they must say "I pass the scissors crossed".
  • If they have their legs next to each other, then they must say "I pass the scissors uncrossed."


4

Start as a game leader by passing on the scissors.


Pay attention:

In the beginning this will cause some frustration. At some point some will understand and others will not. This can be a threat because some feel excluded. Feel free to encourage each other non-verbally.


5

Hold a discussion afterwards.

Pay attention to the frustrations that were there. Accept these feelings and show that these feelings have an effect on behavior.

Example questions are:

  • How did you discover the code?
  • Did you need to discover the code?
  • How did you feel when you couldn't find out the code?
  • Have you ever experienced this feeling before?
  • How did you react then?


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