So. I incorporate lots of my marker-on-flipchart paper drawings into our trainings. This is my rendition of a chameleon, which represents one of the classic responses to conflict: accommodation — going with the flow, not making waves, ceding to others’ needs, etc.
In a recent training, here is more or less what went down when I showed this drawing:
Me: OK. What’s this a picture of?
Participant X: It’s two lizards having sex.
Me: What? No, it’s just one lizard — a chameleon.
Participant X: Nope, I’m seeing two lizards getting busy.
Me: No really, it’s just supposed to be one lizard. You must have a dirty mind.
Participant X: You’re the one who draws the dirty pictures.