with Fred Donaldson
Original Play is a gift from creation that connects
all of life.
conveys the message that "You are loveable and that there is nothing
to fear." Original Play promotes a sense of belonging, which is the
most powerful alternative to human fear and contest behavior. Original
Play is manifested by a sequenced pattern of touch, which allows you to
lovingly respond to aggression and violence while maintaining self-esteem
and not diminishing the esteem of the other person. O. Fred Donaldson,
Ph.D., who has been studying play with children, adults and animals for
nearly three decades, coined the term "Original Play."
Play is a fundamental developmental factor in the lives of humans and
other species from birds to primates.
keeps us fit physically and mentally.
helps us to learn and promotes creativity.
fosters belonging and cooperation.
allows us to develop alternatives to violence and despair.
learn perseverance and gain optimism through regular play.
On the other hand, play deprivation, excesses, and distortions damage
healthy development. Play isnt trivial. It shapes who we are and
what we will become. Gaining knowledge of plays deeper meaning allows
us to gain greater benefit in our individual, group, and political lives.
"The play of which I am speaking isnt naturally competitive.
In fact, it is the opposite-naturally cooperative. The basis of this play
is kindness and belonging. In play, ones self-esteem is not based
on the loss of others esteem. As a result of constant contesting
adults suffer from what I call cardiosclerosis, or "hardening of
the heart." Play heals this isolation and separation and helps humans
deal with change and surprise without the need for either victimization
For more information on Fred Donaldson and play go to www.originalplay.com