I didn't know that it was impossible, that's why I did it.

Jean Cocteau

C) A subordinate goal: learning to distinguish emotions in a Socratic dialogue:
The ability of offenders and victims to be guided by facts here and now makes it possible for helpers to handle potential offenders with dignity, objecting, however, in particular aspects.
By his attentive, respectful and even consciously submissive attitude, the helper signals the potential offender non-verbally of his readiness to surrender or subject to his concerns if it will be helpful for a critical step, i.e. to be taught by better arguments, to agree with the offender at first and to leave the matter (at the moment) hanging in the air as it is. A possible means could be “a serving ritual of submission”, that is, for example, to serve tea, to cook a meal, to offer a cigarette etc.
Another method could be: to strengthen the respect of the offender's personality and his “being taken seriously”, the helpers should offer alternatives for him to choose. 1. He should write down these alternatives with his own words in “dignified and classy tranquility” (as a ritual) 2. The helpers should ask if they understood and expressed his matter correctly and 3. The helpers should let the offender evaluate the alternatives on his own.
Important: the voice of the helpers should become an instrument of conciliation by changing its pitch and timbre. A means to strengthen this effect in future could be the use of pebble stones (in the pocket of the trousers) and also the use of sound-stones (cf. Prof. Fessmann, Mozarteum Salzburg).


D) A subordinate goal: to learn to take a decision in favor of an emotion
The new basic orientation should help cognitively anchor emotionality, direct it and train this ability.


E) A subordinate goal: learning to communicate inspiration
The helpers should enthusiastically and with personal engagement support the potential offender in realization of his decisions. A means could be: to smile, praise, laugh spontaneously together while training meaning-oriented possibilities.
Spontaneous, also dance-like role plays and non-verbal improvising language should provide effect of the previously undertaken actions with a new attitude, views and behavior patterns.
Finally, specific planning should result in a new concept of life and be simulated through concrete ideas, plans, computer graphs and tables.

Outlook

(Packages of) measures should be then divided into actions, developed into different measurable outputs and “results” and offered within the framework of the EU project as an innovation on the topic of violence. Conferences to represent the project are foreseen on request.


Dr. Peter Amann, Duenserstrasse 12c, A-6822 Schnifis,
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