Aim: (1) To provide opportunities to become acquainted with other members of the group.
(2) To promote feedback and self-disclosure among participants regarding initial perceptions.
Time: Approx.35-40 minutes.
Materials: (1) 12 blank sticky labels or strips of masking tape for each participant.
(2) A copy of the Labeling Category List for each participant. (See below).
(3) Pencils or felt-tipped markers.
Procedure: The group leader distributes a copy of the Labeling Category List to each participant along with blank name tags.
Each participant must copy each category on a separate blank nametag.
Participants mill around and choose a person who best fits each category. Stick label onto clothing of the person you select and engage in a one-minute conversation (20 minutes).
The group leader forms groups of 5-7 members. Each group must discuss their reactions to being categorized and labeled (or not labeled) by others‘ first impressions (15 minutes).
Labeling Category List:
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