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October 1968

Motivation in Play, Games and Sports.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(4):511-512. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740100127024

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Contemporary society no longer appraises adult play as "sinful" but rather as important in its egosyntonic value. Recreation has even reached the status of a therapeutic instrument in the treatment of mental disorders. Although we regard the playboy with suspicion, there is at least equal concern for those who rarely or never partake. We play as adults to enjoy ourself and in these endeavors reflect a psychological life style. However, there appears to a gap in the literature of the psychological meaning of games and sports. To rephrase this as a question, are there general areas motivating us to participate in or watch others at play?

Slovenko and Knight, believing there are, have edited a volume of over 700 pagesf from more than 50 contributors. They have attempted to discover what mjotivates us in our pursuit of games and fun. However, they have not taken up the

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