Do you ever get stuck in a rut? Do you sometimes feel locked into acting in certain ways and reacting in a limited manner? If so, it can make you feel pretty helpless. It was the name of this great technique that first caught our attention, but we discovered that it is a surprisingly effective and fun way to release us from our habitual ways of acting or reacting. The goal is shifting a person away from a self-defeating, one-directional approach to a two-directional approach that recognizes the function of action and reaction. Like a crazy dog, we can shift and change direction!
Try this easy two-question exercise here:
The Crazy Dog technique explores the consequences of opposite actions or reactions by encouraging us to reverse normal expectations for behavior by doing the opposite or reacting in the opposite way than would normally be expected. Ask yourself the following two questions:
1. What would it feel like if you were to act, feel, or think just the opposite of what you do now or what you are expected to do?
2. What would happen if you acted, felt, or thought just the opposite of what you do now or what you are supposed to do?
Make a sincere attempt to feel the answers to these questions. This technique often results in the discovery of an extremely useful new talent: choice.
Adapted from The Cherokee Full Circle, by J.T. Garrett and Michael Tlanusta Garrett (Inner Traditions, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by J.T. Garrett and Michael Tlanusta Garrett. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Cherokee Full Circle, by J.T. Garrett and Michael Tlanusta Garrett (Inner Traditions, 2002).