• Auteur: Stuart Brown M.D.
  • ISBN: 110101623X
  • Date de sortie: 2009-03-05
  • Collection: Penguin
  • Total Download: 8018
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Read Stuart Brown's posts on the Penguin Blog. From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives We've all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. This is the joy of play. By definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun. But as Dr. Stuart Brown illustrates, play is anything but trivial. It is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. We are designed by nature to flourish through play. Dr. Brown has spent his career studying animal behavior and conducting more than six-thousand "play histories" of humans from all walks of life-from serial murderers to Nobel Prize winners. Backed by the latest research, Play (20,000 copies in print) explains why play is essential to our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity, ability to problem solve and more. Particularly in tough times, we need to play more than ever, as it's the very means by which we prepare for the unexpected, search out new solutions, and remain optimistic. A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play, this book proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do.

Playing and Reality

  • Auteur: Donald Woods Winnicott
  • ISBN: 9780415036894
  • Date de sortie: 1971
  • Collection: Psychology Press
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D.W. Winnicott's distinctive contribution to our understanding of human development, based on extensive clinical work with babies and young children, is known and valued the world over. In Playing and Realityhe is concerned with the springs of imaginative living and of cultural experience in every sense, with whatever determines an individual's capacity to live creatively and to find life worth living. The ideas expressed here extend the theme first put forward in his paper 'Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena' published in 1953. They relate to an area of experience that has for centuries been a recurrent preoccupation of philosophers and poets. This intermediate area, between internal and external reality, is intensely personal, since its existence depends, as does the use that can be made of it, on each individual's early life experiences. If children can utilize this realm to initiate their relationship with the world, first through transitional objects, and later through play and shared playing, then cultural life and enjoyment of the cultural heritage, will be open to them.


  • Auteur: Yasmina Reza
  • ISBN: 0571190146
  • Date de sortie: 1996
  • Collection: Macmillan
  • Total Download: 7236
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Art is a comedy set in Paris which revolves around three friends and raises questions about art and friendship. Moving from disagreement on the questionable purchase of a completely white painting their arguments become less theoretical and more personal. They border on destroying their friendships.


  • Auteur: Lisa D'Amour
  • ISBN: 146680128X
  • Date de sortie: 2011-09-13
  • Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Total Download: 5922
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In a "first ring" suburb outside a midsize American city, Ben and Mary fire up the grill to welcome the new neighbors who've moved into the long-empty house next door. The fledgling friendship soon veers out of control, shattering the fragile hold that newly unemployed Ben and burgeoning alcoholic Mary have on their way of life—with unexpected comic consequences. Detroit is a fresh, offbeat look at what happens when we dare to open ourselves up to something new. After premiering at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre last year to rave reviews, Lisa D'Amour's brilliant and timely play moves to Broadway this fall.

The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Play

  • Auteur: Anthony D. Pellegrini
  • ISBN: 0195393007
  • Date de sortie: 2011-01
  • Collection: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Total Download: 4010
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The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Play marks the first attempt to examine the development of children's play through a rigorous and multidisciplinary approach. Comprising chapters from the foremost scholars in psychology, anthropology, and evolutionary biology, this handbook resets the landscape of developmental science and makes a compelling case for the benefits of play. -- Book Jacket.


  • Auteur: Tracy Letts
  • ISBN: 0810123487
  • Date de sortie: 2006-12-04
  • Collection: Northwestern University Press
  • Total Download: 2656
  • Total Read: 5025

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In a motel room outside Oklahoma City, a lonely waitress hiding from her abusive ex-husband is joined by a soft-spoken young drifter who might be an AWOL Gulf War veteran. And then they see the first bugs...

Wake up Call

  • Auteur: Stephen Gregg
  • ISBN: 9781583421123
  • Date de sortie: 2002
  • Collection: Dramatic Publishing
  • Total Download: 2975
  • Total Read: 6941

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