One of the most hated phrases in the
English language is, “Let’s go around
the room and introduce ourselves”.
For whatever reason, the “name game”
is one consistency that lasts from
kindergarten to your last day at
work, and it never gets better.
In The Know spoke with psychiatrist
Chris Norris about why we can’t stand
participating in these icebreaker games.
“The reason we hate or dislike icebreakers
is mostly attributed to the anxiety …
of exposing ourselves to people
we don’t know,” Norris explained.
“They are the quickest way to set a mood
of ease mentally, and physically get the
blood pumping in preparation for the
content of the main activity,” he said.
ultimately, icebreakers are successful at
achieving the bare minimum, which is to foster
“psychological safety” within the room.
You might be miserable sharing two truths and a
lie, but everyone else is also miserable saying theirs.
Together, you are all miserable, but you
have a vague sense of community that
wouldn’t have been established otherwise