Four Types of Communication

As I believe it, there are 4 ways for people to interact or communicate: Destructive, Minor-Destructive, Parallel, and Creative. If we consider the productivity that one person can do as 1. And, we let A & B stand for the joint productivity of the two working together. Then:
  1. Destructive Interaction is when A & B is less than or equal to one. In such an interaction, why interact at all? There is not point to it, since you only destroy the work that the other has created.
  2. Minor-Destructive Interaction is when A & B is greater than one but less than two. In this case, the two of you together are doing less work than you could separately, but you are doing it together. For the sake of interaction, this is a somewhat worthy form of interaction. You are more productive together than if you did the job alone. This does carry certain advantages. For instance, in a deadline is a priority, then working together like this could be productive.
  3. Parallel Interaction is when A & B is equal to two. This means that working together you accomplish the job twice as fast, but take up twice as many workers. Since time is a good consideration, this type of interaction is great for most types of work.
  4. Creative Interaction is when A & B is greater than two. That means that the two of you creating together does a better job than the two of you working separately. You positively help each other and the good parts of the one make up for the bad parts of the other. This is clearly the kind of interaction which people hope for.
In improv, we strive for creative interaction. Two people in a scene should be able to accomplish more than one person in a scene. Good improvisors naturally tend to be more towards semi-destructive and parallel interactions. One of the things that greatly leads in that direction is the accepting of the other person's ideas. Now, the real magic happens when creative interaction happens. It's hard to demonstrate this, but you feel really good about the interaction that just happened. At such a point, you don't have to watch out for your bad points because your fellow improvisor will cover for you and vice versa. You are creating something together. And, it is this interaction that gives improvisation that really addictive quality.