Online Toolkit

Part 5 - Modules

The Way You Make Me Feel

MAIN THEMESIdentity, prejudice and discrimination.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES- To raise awareness of the effect of our own behavior on others.
- To develop sensitivity and understanding about people with different characteristics.
- To deepen one's understanding about the effects of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination on people.
- To explore the relationships between what is expected of us and how we behave with others.
- On each label, write a certain characteristic ex: cute, lazy, dishonest, maid (domestic helper), banker, soldier, prostitute, stupid, funny, weird (or deviant – always different from others), Mama's boy, hyperactive, noisy, coward, boring, dictator, artist, bully, divorced young woman.
- Stick one label on each participant's forehead. Make sure they cannot see what's written on it.
- For the next 20 minutes, give the group the task "You must treat each other according to the labels, without using the word on the label and without telling the other about it."
-Ring the bell after 20 minutes.

Feedback (10 min.):
Bring the group into a circle and do not ask them to look at the labels YET.
Initiate a discussion by asking people if they could guess their labels.

Debriefing (10 min.):
Ask the participants to get out of their roles, and take off the labels on their forehead.
Initiate the discussion by asking these guide questions:
How did you feel during the activity?
- Was it difficult to treat people according to their labels?
- Did anyone begin to "prove" their label? - Did you begin to act according to what you think your label is?
- What sorts of labels do we put on people in real life? How does it affect them and how does it affect the way we think about them?
- In real life, who are given some of the labels used in this activity? Do they reflect the reality or are they valid?
Minimum of 10 participants.
MATERIALSColored sticky labels.
Bell / timer.
OBJECTIVES REALIZEDParticipants became aware of their biases and attitudes toward others.
Participants reflected on how easy it is to treat other people badly when they are not your friends or family.
Participants developed more sensitivity in understanding different people.
WHERE WAS IT USED?PeaceTech Training Course on Embracing Diversity.