Take another look at Michelle and Sandy's seesaw conversation. Visit Seesaw Communication. The person trying to push up on the seesaw is possibly trying to feel superior, dominate, in control, right, and powerful while trying to make the person going down on the seesaw feel inferior, obedient, wrong, and powerless. This is being accomplished through put–downs, slurs and sometimes abuse, or violence.
Seesaw cycles of communication between people or groups really do exist. Find three examples in your school, community, or the news and summarize each situation in the text box provided on the attached worksheet.
Women fighting by putting men down, calling them names – Women fighting for equal rights with men.
A gang of white boys attacks and injures a black boy. The black community verbally attacks whites –– Racial issues.
After completing the attached worksheet, discuss with your teacher and classmates how the individuals or groups involved in each situation you summarized could communicate better.