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Playing by Heart: The Vision and Practice of Belonging Paperback – March, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications Inc.; 2nd edition (March 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558742530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558742536
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Baldwin on November 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
By "play," most of us think of games or sports--what Fred Donaldson calls "contest behavior." This is a book exploring non-contest behavior, which is practiced naturally by wild animals and children under 3, but which most of us have largely lost. Fred's discovery that reengaging in non-contest behavior is a universal language and a way of transforming relationship is of great power. I have taken one "Playshop" with Fred, and wish he were more available. This book is of great value in opening our eyes to the possibility of non-competitive relationship. I highly recommend it.
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I found this book quite strange. The author elaborates endlessly about the esoteric value of play--which I accept but he repeats his dissertation of the value of play and continually adds quotes from famous people of same. He refers to his experiments with play but will hardly give any examples of what that play was really like in detail. He refers to his play with wolves and other wild creatures philosophically and the reader anxiously awaits a description of these tantalizing encounters but he continues page after page with more expounding about the mystical value of play to the degree that one must almost doubt the claims.
I was to go hear a current presentation by Dr Donaldson but the extreme lack in his book dissuaded from paying to attend.
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I read this in 1990s - so glad to find its clear compassionate describing, encouraging & enjoying real playing with children & animals that love being together here now. Modern tragedy of schools & parenting is hyper-controlling children to obay for approval & praise, grades & rewards. I totally recommend this book for encouraging you to open up, relax & enjoy kids presence is really fun. It tickles our inner child of magic trusting together now! [New Games Book]]

I've been playing with kids in free-form with: balls, water, frisbees, hide & seek, water play, tree climbing & GeoToys we make, etc. Kids love making rainbow paintings with fingers & palms are always different, unique like clouds with color. Asking them simple questions learning together. What about free form clay making games? Hiking or playing in nature? Asking kids fair open ?? now is fun being open to any goofy answers. Kids love swinging around, hide & seek, chasing & rolling down hills, even food massage. So there's infinite potential for creative games & quiet cuddling. There's no other books, except maybe 'New Games' (more structured) showing fun cooperative group games with rules.

But 'Playing by Heart' is more free flowing, sensitive, caring, even healing of fears shyness & abuse by cooperating together trusting our instincts, emotions & respecting each other now. I heard from a friend who when to a playshop it was wonderful! Is anyone else doing that now, outside of home or in nature with kids? We really need to loosen up to enjoy children, animals, weather & deep relaxing after playing?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Hoffer-perkins on April 27, 2008
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This book is a wonderful teacher. It tells the story of how Fred discovered a universal language of play and how he shares it with the world. Get it. Read it. I have done and his method of Original Play and it has been influential in my life. A keystone to how I live my life.
Peace
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