What can you get from paying attention to the things about others that really bother you?
Sometimes, because those irritants are often pieces of our own make-up, we become more aware of who we are, and perhaps some of what we do that annoys others…
And what's the payoff in this awareness?
Each time I figure out more of how I am operating in the world, I empower myself.
Because with this awareness comes the ability to make choices of how I want to act… and clues to what others might be reacting to in me!
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas…
ROLE PLAYING FOR FUN AND FACTS
Here's a really fun way to dig up the riches out of any difficult situation with another person: Make believe you are them!
Role playing is a great way to step into someone else's shoes (for a minute) and really get the essence of what's going on.
How to do it:
Use props like two dolls or hand puppets. Another way to do this is to set up two chairs facing each other and designate one for each person. You can also just use your right and left hand to play each person's voice.
Now let one of them be you and one the other person.
Begin a dialog.
It might start with something like you saying: "The way you act is driving me crazy!"
Now let the other 'person' answer.
Allow the conversation to flow back and forth. What do you learn?