6-2 | Play as Self-Realization

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Play as Self-Realization
Toward a General Theory of Play

Thomas S. Henricks

Abstract:

In a wide-ranging essay that reviews the major theories of plays and relates them to significant notions of the self, the author addresses the question of why we play. He does so to argue that play is a biologically driven project of self-understanding and self-realization, one that humans—although they also share the experience with other creatures—have developed most fully as a part of their psychological and social life. Key words: play and self-realization; rhetorics of play; theories of play