by Warren Purkel Ph.D. & Elle

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/30/2019

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781982223342
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 154
ISBN : 9781982223359

About the Book

What would you do if you woke up today and realized you once had a chest of jewels, but you’d forgotten and left them behind somewhere? Playful is a treasure map for regaining what’s often discarded in growing up: pure, unstructured play – no rules, no goals. This book thus provides treatment for a societal disorder, Preadolescent-onset Loss of Playfulness (POLOP). The format: an illustrated dialogue between Warren and elle, twelve chapters of a teasing debate. Topics include singing and songwriting, drawing without judgement, jokes, masks, and making messes. Warren and elle assert that these arts are too important to be left to “professionals.” (This also applies to the simple illustrations by the author, a non-artist.) Playful points the reader to multiple paths that enliven the spirit, via a dialogue that’s wide-ranging, flirtatious and fun.

About the Author

Warren Purkel, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who studied at Princeton University and the Derner Institute of New York. He has spent thirty years doing psychotherapy and play therapy with adults and children. Warren plays the trombone, sings a lot, and loves telling knock-knock jokes. His co-author “elle” is an imaginary person, but you’d better not say that to her face!