Every Monday is a New Topic
Decision Making and Problem Solving
To have students describe an inner conflict involving two or more choices, identify different parts of their personalities, and talk about how those parts relate.
The topic of this session is, “Part of Me Wanted to Do One Thing, and Part of Me Wanted to Do Another.” We’ve all been torn between two or more choices. When we can’t decide, we’re being ambivalent. Here’s a typical example: One part of you — let’s call it the student part — wants to study and learn a subject well. Another part of you — the social part — wants to go to a party. Both parts are very real, but at times they conflict with each other. How many of you have had a similar experience? Maybe part of you wants to go to college and part of you wants to get a job and earn money. Perhaps part of you wants to join a particular team, club, or organization, and another part of you says, “don’t get involved.” Take a minute and think about it and, if you will, tell us about your experience with ambivalence. The topic is, “Part of Me Wanted to Do One Thing, and Part of Me Wanted to Do Another.”
— What causes us to have mixed or conflicting feelings about an issue?
— When you feel ambivalent about something, how do you handle it?
— What are the advantages and disadvantages of having many different parts, even when they conflict?