LEGO and the psychological benefits of building with parts

LEGO pieces and their construction are a great tool for externalizing your own system of beliefs and emotionsAs the individual comes into contact with the most implicit knowledge of himself and his present.

Building LEGO pieces and emotional intelligence

This self-building process has a positive effect on the development of emotional intelligence and is also a tool used in psychotherapy and business coaching.

In the following interview, Mª Teresa Mata, collaborating psychologist at the Mensalus Institute for Psychological and Psychiatric Assistance, presents this tool to us as one of the new allies in emotional intelligence training.

How did Lego break into the world of psychology and coaching?

Today, the dynamic based on the representation of ideas through free construction through Lego or similar pieces, has become a fantastic tool for working in the world of business coaching. Recent studies have demonstrated their effectiveness in verifying the high level of information they generate, information rich in content and structure very useful in resolving all types of conflicts. More precisely, the LEGO® Serious® Play® method is the method that, in this sense, has been around the world.

On the other hand, from the training / coaching of emotional intelligence, we have discovered in this method a new working tool which, like other outsourcing techniques, promotes the imagination and leaves room for creativity. , thus making it -be the perfect ally to flourish. -Knowledge, self-expression, projection of challenges and objective ability, as well as some social skills such as empathy.

What happens when we start to build?

With constructions a connection to another level is made. The release of imagination and creativity is intimately linked to the use of the hands. When the hands come into play, we set in motion a whole set of mental processes which allow access to the deepest knowledge. In this way, we manage to promote communication to another level (both communication with ourselves and with others).

When we transfer this technique into a system (a work team, a family, a workshop group), a lot of information becomes visible: each individual offers a small sample of their perception of the world. This puts different points of view on the table in a quick and visual way, and promotes dialogue and the capacity for empathy as we have discussed.

It must be amazing the feedback generated in a session when so much information is emerging, right?

Is right. This is one of the great advantages of using techniques that activate messages through creativity and association: the messages that appear are fresh, full of ingenuity and wisdom, details that, other models treatment, would hardly be revealed.

Often, information that goes unnoticed on a daily basis can become the propellant of unknown options and unproven solutions. It is a work that, from the training of emotional intelligence, we promote in particular:

“What knowledge I have and what knowledge I do not benefit” / “What knowledge awakens in me when I see and hear the knowledge of others.”

What else can you tell us about this methodology and the work that is done in coaching and psychotherapy?

Through creation with building pieces, without realizing it, the unconscious barriers that emerge in social interaction decrease, thus allowing the emergence of intelligent conversations that help people connect with their knowledge and knowledge. others.

In the workshops, we put this into practice, for example by asking a “mobilizing” question.. Once the question has been raised, the participants give free rein to their decision-making capacity. The next step is to make the information palpable from the construction with parts. The results are incredible. The methodology saves information that is generally “out of use”. Exposing, ordering and validating this information in a professional training framework generates a high level of introspection and insight (realization).

In short, what is the relationship between emotional intelligence training and building with LEGO parts?

From emotional intelligence, we seek to synthesize the complex, to express the abstract, to feel the invisible, to make the volatile concrete. We are looking for a way to simplify processes and obtain “powerful” information in order to facilitate their use and increase the effectiveness of our actions.

The formation of emotional intelligence through an inspired free construction in response to a mobilizing question, as we have explained, speeds up the gathering of useful information. This is achieved by promoting processes that connect with the person’s implicit knowledge, a knowledge that has been established throughout his life.

With LEGO pieces and minifigures that complement the creative scenarios, each user builds, projects and observesHe becomes the spectator of his own creation, a privileged position because it allows him to distance himself from a possible conflict and to use information in a more intelligent way. Also, in the workshops, everyone is a spectator of the creations of others, a fact that brings a multitude of ideas and options.

And the ideas of each, always in the grip of different conflicts, do they serve everyone?

This is the most interesting point of outsourcing work on emotional intelligence. It’s very revealing when, at the end of a free building session, participants adopt solutions based on knowledge drawn from the experiences of others, not just their own. For this to be possible, the key is in the formulation of the mobilizing question (s).

Our great challenge is always based on the pose of an unknown common to all, even if the experiences and the contexts of life are different; With this we achieve a high level of group connection and emotionally intelligent feedback.

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