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Mystery Person

Mystery Person is a 30-45-minute activity where participants write down their strengths anonymously and then try to guess who possesses which strengths. Participants have an opportunity to share what they appreciate about themselves in a positive way and share with others. They also explore how their individual and collective strengths can help others.

Planning and Preparation: This 30-45-minute activity can be done with as many as 30 participants. You’ll need identical sheets of paper for each participant, pens or pencils, a container to hold the paper, and small prizes (optional) for people who correctly match strengths with participants. Works best in a setting with enough space for participants to form a circle where they can see and hear each other.

Developmental Relationship Element: Provide Support.

CASEL Competencies: listening, communication, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills.

Objective: Build and strengthen relationships among participants and between participants and leaders. Deepen understanding of Provide Support and also Express Care in Search Institute’s developmental relationships framework.


Mystery Person

Resource Audience


Resource Type


Read Time

Under 5 Minutes



# of Participants

1-5 Participants 6-10 Participants 11-20 Particants Over 20 Partipants

Task Group Size

Independent Whole Group (Any Size)

Task Length

31-60 Minutes