The Approval / Disapproval Syndrome

What keeps us in our head

  If you have survived by trying to please others, figuring out what they want you to say and how they want you to act – and then doing so with as much skill and originality as possible, your approval/disapproval syndrome is highly active. Approval or disapproval received from others has no doubt become your own and, without conscious realization on your part, is dictating and critiquing the way you do things, creating robotlike behavior in you with almost total loss of any insight. You are not only prevented from having a direct experience, but also blind to what a direct experience is. The approval/disapproval syndrome will monitor behavior if allowed to do so. Watch it working on you when you are having guests for dinner, meeting people, or in a new situation. Observe the roles and cover-ups in you and those around you, shown by attitudes and what comes out of every mouth: hostility, envy, competitiveness, put-downs, resentment, sarcasm, you name it! What we verbalize as our own are the controls that tie and bind, keeping us earthbound and the victim.                                     — VIOLA SPOLIN
By | 2014-04-29T18:58:00+00:00 April 29th, 2014|Categories: Improvisation for the Theater|Comments Off on The Approval / Disapproval Syndrome

About the Author:

Gary’s 18-year association with world-renowned theater educator and author, Viola Spolin provides the foundation for his work today. He is the only master teacher to have ever earned an endorsement from both Viola Spolin and her son, the legendary original director of Second City, Paul Sills. Gary resides in North Bend WA. He is founder of The Valley Center Stage, North Bend’s Community Theater and teaches theater games locally and around the world.

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