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Silent Movies as a Resource

Silent movies as a resource

Silent movies as a resource are a simple but super effective tool to find the truth in our interactions when words and actions don’t match.

I often use that mind game in my coaching practice to generate insights.

Occasionally we get confused – people state one thing, yet act, or don’t act, quite differently. We wonder, how to distinguish the truth from the false commitments.

There’s a simple, but very powerful trick.


Silent Movie Effect

Imagine you’re looking at your life events as if you are watching a silent movie, a Charlie Chaplin’s one for example.

Remove the words from that film telling your life story and watch how characters act.

Remember, it is only important what characters do, not what they say. If you were asked to add some title lines between the scenes, what would you pick intuitively?


Following this simple trick, you dissociate yourself, and you’re no longer emotionally bonded.

Now, you can grasp the motives behind the behavior of the people involved in your plot (including your motives). You can sense the shades of various commitments, intuitively recognizing empty promises from real ones.

You’ll be surprised how many unclear motives become distinctly comprehensive in no time.


Silent movies as a resource usually provide insights, and more. The silent movie effect has one very important aspect. From the observer’s point of view, you’ll be able to look at yourself.

It takes courage to self-analyze your attitude, but only afterward, you can eventually change the next chapter of your life script.

Remember the quote from Charlie Chaplin’s final speech in The Great Dictator:

“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.”