Play for Grown-Ups

In our grown-up world we make very little room for play. Everything needs to be productive and working. But play is really the basis of getting better outcomes. Children learn all the basic skills for life by experimenting and playing. And many of the great inventions of our world happened when something didn’t go exactly right and somebody got curious and experimented.

In an article by Gretchen Rubin I stumbled about the idea that different people enjoy different kinds of play. There were 8 different kinds of play listened:

I strongly identify with the Explorer and the Storyteller with a bit of the Kinesthete. And I no longer wonder why I don’t enjoy watching or playing ball games. That is just not the kind of play that I enjoy. I don’t get the same feeling from competition as I get from exploring or creating stories.

I wonder of how we can make more room for different kinds of play? We might be well advised not to think that we should be enjoying what other people might be enjoying but be really true to what brings us the most pleasure. This list might just be a starting point for our exploration.

And there are a few other considerations, like timing. Do we follow the old adage of first working and then playing? Or first play and then work? Or can work & play be the same thing? Is it good when they are? Or is it not? Is flow essential to play? Does play mean that it is an unstructured activity or does play actually need some structure and a goal? As you can already see, I love to explore and questions are always my starting point. Time to play …

What kind of play do you most strongly identify with?

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