- To develop confidence in
ones basic human rights.
- To increase awareness of how one
denies ones rights.
Not more than thirty
Newsprint, felt-tipped markers,
and marking tape for the facilitator.
- The facilitator announces the
goals of experience and asks the participants to
brainstorm a list of basic rights, which the
- The facilitator directs the
participants to clarify, modify, delete or add to
the rights list. This may include a discussion of
any limitations on the rights or the
responsibilities that accompany the rights.
- The facilitator directs
participants to silently select one of the rights
on the list that they feel most uncomfortable
- The facilitator gives the
following instructions :
"Move into a comfortable position ...close
your eyes...takes a deep breath .. hold it as
long as you can .. let it out slowly ..Now
imagine that you have the right you selected from
this list...Imagine how life would change as you
accept this right ....How you would act ... How
you would feel about yourself ...How you would
feel about other people...."
The fantasy continues for two minutes, after
which the trainer says :
"Now imagine that you no longer have the
right ... Imagine how your life would change from
what it was moments ago ...How would you now act
...and feel about yourself ...How would you feel
about other people..."
This fantasy continues for one minute.
(Participants usually find it easier to imagine
the right being taken away than to accept the
- The facilitator directs
participants to form pairs and to discuss the
following questions :
- What right did you select?
- Had you been denying it to
yourself? In what way?
- How did you feel when you accepted
- How did you act differently when
you had the right? When you no longer had the
- What did you learn about yourself
during this activity?
- The facilitator conducts a general
group discussion of findings from Step V.
- The facilitator leads the group in
a discussion of what methods participants may
have used to deny themselves their rights, what
methods they used to help accept these rights,
and how they can continue to use methods to
increase the range of rights they readily accept
To identify basic
human rights :
- What are some of the basic things
I believe people are entitled to because they are
- Is this something that can be
given to all people : do I accord it to others?
- What rights are necessary to treat
all fairly, with dignity, and as people with
- What rights do people need to make
their own decisions and live their own lives
without violating the rights of other.
- What rights am I denying myself?
I have the right to
- Be left alone.
- Be independent
- Be successful.
- Be listened to and taken
- Get what I pay for.
- Have right i.e. to act in an
- Refuse requests without feeling
guilty or selfish.
- Ask for what I want.
- Make mistakes and to be
responsible for them.
- Choose not to assert myself.