Me, Myself, and I

Group size:  Any size

Purpose:  Increase group cohesion, Icebreaker, Increase self-awareness

Props Needed:  Pens and Handout.

Activity Preparation:  Pens and Handout

Prep time needed:  5 minutes

Time needed

  • Directions: 3 minutes
  • Activity: 5 – 10 minutes
  • Debrief: 5 – 10 minutes

Set Up: Print out enough handouts for each participant to have one.  

Activity Directions:

  • Have enough pens and handouts for group members and pass them out
  • Each member will complete the sentence stems
  • Give group 20-25 minutes to complete and give 10, 5, and 1-minute warnings.

 

Facilitator script:  “It’s time to think of Me, Myself and I.  This activity is one where we will take time to get to know one another a little more. You have a handout called “Me, Myself, and I.”  Please complete each sentence stem on the handout. Some questions may be easier to answer than others.  Some may be fun and silly. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable helps us create a space that is safe for all to share and to grow together. Take the next 20 minutes to complete the worksheet with your first thought. Don’t overthink your response. Remember the first thought is probably your best thought. I will give you a 10 minute warning to let you know that you should be at least half-way though the worksheet. If you are not half way through, then you are probable overthinking it. (Give participants about 10 minutes and give them a warning time – then allow approximately 10 more minutes to complete the rest of the worksheet.)

Now that everyone has completed their worksheets, we will go around and share. At the table you are sitting, everyone share his or her number one response. When finished, then go on to number two, and so on, until we go through the entire worksheet.

Debrief

  • What this experience like for you?
  • What was easy about it?
  • What was the hardest sentence to complete?
  • What did you notice about yourself as you were completing the worksheet? As you ere reading your answers out loud?
  • What is something you learned about the group?

 

Recovery / Wellness Metaphor: It can be challenging and sometimes even scary to get to know others and be vulnerable, this activity can ease the tension in getting to know each other.

Role of Facilitator: This is an activity for participants to get to know one another. Some questions may be easier than others. Some questions may just be playful and fun. Guide the activity, encouraging participants to write down what first comes to mind and not critique themselves or their thoughts.

Variations: Change out questions as you see fit to best serve your population.

 

Me, Myself, and I exercise…

 

This exercise is a series of sentence stems, which are useful for group members to explore their self-concept. Finish each statement with whatever comes to mind; usually your first thought is the best. I encourage you to not edit or censor your initial thoughts. First thought, best thought.

 

  1. I am happiest when…
  2. In a group I am…
  3. When I’m alone at home I…
  4. Most people know I…
  5. I get angry when…
  6. When someone tries to bully me I feel…
  7. What I most want in life is…
  8. I often find myself…
  9. People who know me well think I am…
  10. I used to be…
  11. It makes me uncomfortable when…
  12. When people first meet me they…
  13. In a group I am not afraid to…
  14. When I’m on cloud nine I feel…
  15. My biggest obstacle is…
  16. Usually I don’t like to talk about…
  17. When people don’t appreciate what I have done I feel…
  18. I am most content when…
  19. When everyone is telling me what to do I feel…
  20. When I am loved I feel…
  21. I have never liked…
  22. I trust those who…
  23. I respect…
  24. I feel irritated when…
  25. From past experiences I believe teachers think I am…
  26. My family thinks that I am…
  27. I would consider it risky to…
  28. When someone praises my work I feel…
  29. I need to improve most in…
  30. It makes me proud…
  31. A good thing that happened recently was…
  32. Since last year I have changed most in…
  33. People seem to like my…
  34. My biggest fear is…
  35. I am most hopeful about…
  36. My biggest trigger is…
  37. My greatest dream is…
  38. When I grow up I want to…