What are the best pattern interrupts out there?
May 8, 2011 9:27 AM Subscribe
What are the best and most powerful pattern interrupts you know of?
posted by fantasticninety to grab bag (23 answers total) 63 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know who first coined the term "pattern interrupt" but it essentially means the changing of focus or physiology to stop a certain thought, argument or situation from continuing. Here are a few examples:
1. In The Incredibles, the whole family is fighting with each other when someone knocks at the door. They immediately stop the fight and forget what they were arguing about.
2. A mental patient kept claiming he was Jesus until one psychiatrist came back with a cross and nails and suggested it was time for the crucifixion.
3. If you feel you're about to cry, look upwards and jump up and down and this will shift you away from crying.
So, there are lots of types of things that pattern interrupts could be used to stop or change (anger, fear, silliness, mourning, obsession, rising tension, compulsion, and probably hundreds of others I'm not even thinking of). I tried googling for a list but couldn't find one.
If people could write the best ones they know of here that would be awesome.
As an aside, maybe someone wrote a book with a list of them or case studies inside?