An Analogy

Guiding is to Psychology as Improvisation is to Acting

 

Guiding (or teaching) requires one to assess how the mental state and needs of an individual interact with the present circumstances and determine an appropriate course of action in the moment.  Then repeat the process moments later after observing how the individual responds to the guide’s actions.

We don’t generally have the advantage of long rehearsals and preparation (like stage or screen acting), instead we stumble through the moment reading cues and making the best of the situation with our collaborators (like improvisational acting).

 

 

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