Group behavior and group decisions is a very exciting and important topic. In addition to leaders, creators and co-makers, there is also another role: that of the opponent.
- How do opponents behave?
- From the rejected maker to the opponent
- Criticism of the system
- Alternatives develop thanks to resistance
- The Opponent as an Innovator
- Why we are grateful to annoying critics afterwards
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How do opponents behave?
Some participants first try to get their views across. If this fails, they either retire to the Schmuelcke and you do not hear anything from them.
From the rejected maker to the opponent
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They follow the instructions only reluctantly and still have a cold after the end of the game. Or they afford open Resistance, by critically commenting on the maker's instructions and spoiling the mood with remarks like "That won't work anyway" or "I told you so straight away".
This is the mechanism of how opponents are hindered or rejected, the fourth archetypical role.
Criticism of the system
Now we are light inclined to associate negative characteristics with the opponent role. Sure, opponents are annoying and often hold things up. But they have for the social System on closer inspection one positive Effect.
They question everything. They are critical and shake the old. And that's good for the system. So it can evolve by itself and is not dependent solely on developmental impulses from outside.
Alternatives develop thanks to resistance
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The opponent resists and is uncomfortable. With this basic pattern, he forces the system, the group and the makers to Alternatives to develop. As a result, he often triggers innovations, but without theirs Implementation to operate.
He is not available for this, because that is a matter for the doers or the participants. The archetype of the opponent is in his Structure differentiated. We find the destructive opponent whose activities are limited to destroying existing structures and processes.
The Opponent as an Innovator
We are immediately struck by examples from the field of politics, where the opposition often sees itself as a pure antitram. On the other hand, there is also the constructive opponent, who is an active trigger for innovations.
I once experienced a municipal building project as a pensioner in this way filled the opponent's role. Through his repeated inquiries in the matter, he uncovered vulnerabilities on the draft presented, which could then be remedied in the subsequent period.
Why we are grateful to annoying critics afterwards
This friendly man, however, was not liked by the meeting chairman, for he thoroughly mixed his schedule. So it is with the opponents, they annoy and disturb our circles, but later we can be grateful to them.
I am annoyed each time by the editor of my manuscripts, but am afterwards, however, heilfroh, that he has taken the opponent's role. Because the result is regularly better.
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