Trust fall

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A trust fall is a team-building exercise in which a person deliberately falls, trusting the members of a group (spotters) to catch them.[1]

There are many variants of the trust fall. In one type, the group stands in a circle, with one person in the middle with arms folded against his chest and falls in various directions, being pushed by the group back to a standing position before falling again. In another variant, a person stands on an elevated position (such as a stage, stepping stool or tree stump) and relies on multiple people to catch them. This variant is potentially more dangerous and often leads to injuries.[2]

Furthermore, while the fall may establish trust in the exercise, "there is little evidence that this trust spills over into day-to-day life".[3]

In 2010, the Comedy Central show Tosh.0 introduced a new variant of trust falls known as "surprise trust falls", which involved the host Daniel Tosh approaching random people in public, shouting "Trust Fall!" and falling into said person.[4] Two years later, Blake Grigsby revived the surprise trust fall concept with a viral YouTube video called "Trust Fall Attack".[5]


  1. ^ "Trust Building Activities". 28 April 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  2. ^ "The Trust Fall Team Building Activity". The Trust Fall Team Building Activity. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  3. ^ "TRUST ME". Tribune Content Agency. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  4. ^ Surprise Trust Fall Tosh.0 February 24th 2010,
  5. ^ Trust Fall Attack Blake Grigsby 24 July 2012,