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Absurdity - how it can help you find solutions

Absurdity and laughter (turn the sound down first) could be my mission statement - but it is also one of the tools in the Landscaping Your Life coaching toolkit, because sometimes it’s the only thing that will shake you out of your current ways of thinking.

If your mind is going round and round...and you’ve no idea how to find a solution, getting a little absurd might help.

The theory suggests that absurdity pushes your mind to try to make sense of all the nonsense.

As you laugh at the lack of logic it’s as if the laughter breaks the chains tying us to your repetitive thinking.

In coaching sessions the absurdity has included:

  • Naming beliefs that will really hinder finding a solution - e.g. only one person in the whole world can do this
  • Different wording of well-known sayings - e.g. can’t hear the wood for the trees, can’t see the mountain for the molehill
  • Different interpretations for someone’s behaviour - e.g. PoTUS is telling you what to do

You only have to listen to BBC Radio 4's 'I’m sorry I haven’t a clue' for other ideas for absurdity - singing one song to the tune of another and so on?

The aim is to shift the current thinking in order to have more choice going forward about what to do next.

Don’t keep doing the same thing & expect a different response - try something different and notice what you notice.

Do get in touch if you'd like to find out more about introducing a little absurdity to your teams to help them in these continuing unprecedented times.


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