Imaginative Play Essays

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sychChildren’s Imaginative Play: A Descriptive Psychology Approach
Charles Kantor, Ph.D. Abstract
The significance of children’s imaginative play is presented from the perspective of Descriptive Psychology and in particular Ossorio’s Dramaturgical model of persons. The fluidity of imaginative play, the imitation of and creation of social practices and options within play as well as the opportunity to switch roles and act according to reasons of another, contribute to the development of judgment. The observer-critic role emerges during imaginative play as children produce, direct, and enact their dramas. Within these scenarios, children develop competence and eligibility to be not only status assigners but also self status assigners. During
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But on the other hand, play is seen as just fun, as done for the sake of itself, as non problematic activity that is the opposite of work; play is recreation, relaxation, and renewal. Ask any kid why he’s pretending to be a pirate, a sports hero, or a dancer, and he will answer that he’s having fun. But we psychologists would say yes, but you’re also increasing your cognitive ability, strengthening your ego, learning to socialize, becoming less impulsive, and improving your judgment. But can’t children do all this in adult activities in which they learn how to deal with the world? What is it about the nature of child’s play that facilitates the development of those psychological abilities noted above? Engage kids in productive activities, and they should learn about the world and how to deal with the world. Can’t they develop “private talk” while learning to fix a car, plant a garden, add 2 and 2, or sell a washing machine? Isn’t the praise of their parents and other adults enough to establish and maintain their self esteem? How about teaching them to be social by taking them to your office and allowing them to interact with the office staff? Erikson’s example illustrates familiar aspects of imaginative play, states of affairs we recall from our childhoods and recognize from the play of our children. This boy is making choices about new roles to play and as a result

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