The Tongue Twister Game

by: EJ on 07/30/2018

In The Power Manual: How to Master Complex Power Dynamics, Cyndi Suarez includes a section on games.  She says, “Play catalyzes creativity and innovation. Play allows experimentation with different potential realities. Through play, one creates and experiences potential future events and preadapts; that is, one practices and fine-tunes one’s response a priori, before the event. Even daydreaming leaves an imprint on the brain. Innovation can be dangerous. One  might fail and lose status or, worse, one’s life. Trying things out first in play space increases the chances of successful innovation in the structured space of everyday life.”

In Today’s excerpt, we share a game called “The Tongue Twister Game.” The game is from the field of theater. Actors play it to learn how to be in tune with their stage partner. The purpose of this game is to use the signs of interactions to tell a different, more mutual, story. In terms of the three main patterns of resistance — sign reading, deconstruction, and reconstruction — this is a reconstruction game. See chapter 2, Interaction Patterns. In this game, two people practice being in sync.  Click here to download the complete instructions for playing the game.


Photo Credit: Kevin Galens

Here are some tongue twister examples from easy to hard.

A big black bug bit a big black dog on his big black nose!

If practice makes perfect and perfect needs practice, I’m perfectly practiced and practically perfect.

A twister of twists once twisted a twist, and the twist that he twisted was a three-twisted twist. Now in twisting this twist, if a twist should untwist, would the twist that untwisted untwist the twists?

Have fun! 

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