I couldn’t really capture this moment in words, but it transformed how I approach my work.
My student had already learned that he didn’t need to follow any commands. I hadn’t realized before that I didn’t need to give any – or that I couldn’t command anything anyway. I don’t think the game really mattered. What mattered is that my student deprogrammed me from believing that a foot in a drawer was anything more than that – and that he deprogrammed me from believing I was anything more than him.