Play Personalities: What your childhood games say about you as an adult!

6 UNDP departments at play with the L3b team

The Joker

“The most basic and extreme player throughout history is the joker,” says Dr. Brown. Jokers love practical jokes, pranks, stunts and puns. In fact, jokers might seem hardly ever serious; it is pretty hard to tell sometimes. They love making other people laugh and they are nonsensically creative!

The Kinesthete

As Sir Ken Robinson says, these people “need to move in order to think”. If you enjoy yoga, dancing, jumping, hiking, or any other physical activity, then you are in this club. Mind you, Dr. Brown specifies that “while kinesthetes may play games, competition is not their main focus — it is only a forum for engaging in their favorite activity.”

The Explorer

These people can go places while sitting in their chair. …” They love exploring new places, feelings, ideas, music… you name it. In other words, specifically Dr. Brown’s, “Each of us started our lives by exploring the world around us. Some people never lose their enthusiasm for it.” And yes, “I wonder…” would definitely be their catch phrase.

The Competitor

Competitors are fully dedicated to mastering any game with specific rules. They enjoy winning whether the game is team based or solitary. “If games and keeping score are your thing, this may be your primary play personality.” Dr. Brown is onto you… especially if you were always on the stands cheering for your favorite soccer team!

The Director

The Directors in any group are the planners of a great outing, the party organizers and the orchestrators of scenes and events around them. They are often charismatic instigators of fun and subconsciously love power and control. This might sound evil, but “All the world’s a stage, and the rest of us are only players in the director’s game,” says Dr. Brown.

The Collector

If you like thrift shops and/or collect stamps, toys, fridge magnets, pictures, or letters and enjoy arranging your collection, then you are a collector by nature. Some collectors even collect memories or experiences; Dr. Brown shares a peculiar example: “One person I know travels the world to see solar eclipses — which might seem like the action of an explorer, except that he has to see every single one and methodically collects evidence of each eclipse.”

The Artist/ Creator

Calling for painters, gardeners, pottery makers, sculptors, printmakers and all other makers…You are officially declared artists! Artists find joy in creating something new and even taking apart and fixing something broken; or as Dr. Brown says, “The point is to make something — to make something beautiful, something functional, something goofy. Or just to make something work.”

The Storyteller

You are definitely a storyteller if you write novels, poems, scripts or even love to read books and watch movies; you may also be a performer of all sorts using music, dance and theatre to narrate. Storytellers enjoy playing out certain scenarios in their imagination and transforming mundane tasks into something incredibly exciting. “Even cooking macaroni and cheese can be transformed through imagination into a worldwide telecast celebrity cook-off,” says Brown.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store