Sunday, September 24, 2006

Trust

Two young women (late teens, early twenties) were alone on a large expanse of lawn on campus yesterday, taking turns falling backwards into each other's arms. I was passing at some distance, and didn't like to interrupt, but I really want to know what that was about. I recognize it as a trust exercise--my Mom used to work in a drug rehab center for teens, and I remember her describing this to me. Were these ladies Psych students? Participants in the same group therapy session? Preparing team-building exercises? Was this the result of a conversation on trust? Were they just goofing around? No idea.

Interesting to watch, though.

2 comments:

Anna said...

My friend Brenda had an elderly African Grey parrot who used to perch on the back of a wooden chair. Bren would stand behind him with her hands open, the parrot would then slightly loosen his claws and fall backwards into her hands. He would do it over and over and laugh. Three elements present - trust, risk, adrenalin.

G said...

Also - in the case of a parrot - wings....