Today, you will complete the Lifeboat Activity in groups. Many times, we as individuals, will label, judge or stereotype people around us based on first impressions or limited information. It is important for each of us to broaden our perspective of the people around us and to stop stereotyping and generalizing people we could build relationships with. The purpose of this activity is to show that the survivors chosen were chosen because of their labels. Likewise, many of the people not chosen to survive were not chosen because of their labels.
Another component to discuss is that many times we allow these labels or stereotypes to “stick” to ourselves, which can lower our self-esteem. We can learn to recognize these labels and to not allow them to affect our sense of self-worth or self-esteem.
After completing the activity, please move on to the “Who am I?” sheet. Divide the picture below into at least 20 sections. In each of the sections, list something that describes you, your personality, or your goals. Consider what makes up your identity, rather than listing things you like or dislike. Think outside the box and be creative!
1. What personal morals and values came into play with your decisions? Did anything particular stand out to you?
2. Can people change their morals and values? If so, what does it take?
3. How can alcohol and drug use/abuse affect one’s morals and values? Give examples.
4. Based on this discussion and exercise, what might you need to work on?