A Compelling Case for Goofing Off

August 3, 2010

Last night as I was messing about on the Internet, I came across a TED Talk that corroborates my contention that goofing off is a legitimate way to spend time. Let me clarify that; it’s not so much about doing nothing but more about playing, about the pure pleasure of participation, the simple act of having fun.

In his TED talk, Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play develops a convincing case that suggests play “shapes our brains, creates our competencies, and ballasts our emotions”. He maintains that play is not frivolous but absolutely essential in the development of healthy, creative individuals. His research with homicidal young adult males (which included mass murderers) suggests that these individuals were deprived of play as children. He says that if play been a part of their early development they would have had more opportunities to develop the resilience necessary to respond to the world and its stresses.

I’ll be quiet and let Dr. Brown speak for himself!








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