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Simulation Exercise, Exercise, Group Building Activity

Baffling Twist - check your group dynamics!

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an exercise with a twist simulating potential challenges in a group dynamics

Aims of the tool

- reflect on different factors impacting group dynamics and analyze how to address them

Description of the tool

Introduced on Compos Mentis TC gave many a surprise as the name suggests. The tool consists of team exercises that increase in difficulty. Additionally, unknowingly to the participants, there are secret agents among the groups. Their goal is to show disruptive behavior in the groups and mess up the group dynamic and their decision-making process. During the reflection, this was be revealed and left the participants astonished. The goal of the exercise is to reflect on different factors impacting group dynamics and analyze how to address them.

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Tool overview

Baffling Twist - check your group dynamics!

This tool is for

- youth workers, trainers, facilitators - Warning!! The exercise may trigger many emotions, that's why should be implemented only for experienced youth workers who can deal with tension and conflict

and addresses

Group Dynamics, Conflict Management

Materials needed:

- flipchart and markers
- few decks of cards for tower building
- paper and markers for creating an advertisement
- loudspeaker for music for dance choreography


1,5 session
30 - 40 participants
5 among them secret agents
10 min Introduction
30 min The exercise
15 min Debriefing no 1
45 min Debriefing no 2

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Nausika Educational Foundation

in the context of

Compos Mentis - inclusion and mental health in youth projects

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Patrycja Paula Gas (on 8 January 2022)

and last modified

6 January 2022

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