Positive Reinforcement Game: Self Esteem Activity for Teenagers

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Self Esteem Activities for TeenagersSelf esteem activities for teenagers – Positive Reinforcement Game

Main aim: Teenagers are encouraged to name positive characteristics about themselves and their families

Name: Positive Reinforcement Game

Type: Self esteem activities for teenagers

Participants: Individuals in a small group (around 5 participants)

Duration: 45-60 minutes

Preparation: None

Materials: One sheet of paper for each participant and a pen for writing

Instructions

  • If the activity is played in a group, have all participants sitting on a chair in a circle facing each other.
  • Hand out the sheet of paper to each participant.
  • Ask the participants to write their names on the sheet of paper and then hand the sheet to the person on their left.
  • The participants must then write down one good characteristic of the person whose name is on the sheet of paper.
  • The participants should hand the sheet to another participant on their left.
  • Again, the participants must write down one good characteristic of the person whose name is on the sheet of paper.
  • The game continues until all participants have taken a turn writing each others’ positive characteristics.
  • The participants must hand the sheet to you.
  • Discuss with the participants how they feel about the characteristics that have been written about them. Some questions:
    • do they feel that the characteristic is true of them?
    • if not, why not as others think that the characteristic is appropriate?
    • did they feel good reading about what was written?
    • how about their families and friends, what positive characteristics do they see in their families and friends?

Positive characteristics list

adventurousbrave

bright

calm

careful

communicative

loving

loyal

modest

neat

optimistic

sociable

sympathetic

 

compassionateconscientious

considerate

courteous

creative

determined

diligent

easygoing

patient

polite

reliable

sensible

sincere

 

enthusiasticfaithful

friendly

funny

generous

gentle

hard-working

helpful

honest

kind

thoughtful

warmhearted

 

 

Rationale

The activity challenges the participants in the following ways:

  • to identify a positive characteristic in another person.
  • to describe how they see themselves.
  • to discover ways to build self confidence.

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