Viv writes about activities that mess with our minds – science experiments on the one hand, improv games on the other. Both draw attention to how quickly we add interpretation to simple inputs. It’s part of what makes us effective and also trips us up sometimes.
Being able to apply focussed attention to how we interpret small gestures can be helpful in unravelling conflicts and creating new ideas. A lot of arguments are what I call pub arguments, where the logical content is only a small part of the heated battle and there is more heat than light. Being attentive to small details may help to de-escalate things.