Growing up, I was very interested in board games. My two little brothers involved themselves in video games and rowdy outdoor play while I engaged in more sedate activities. I never took too much notice of the deeper meanings of the games but as I got older, I realized that each one sent a different message. While adults do play these games, the time frame that most people are introduced to board games is in childhood, when the mind is the most impressionable. Whatever is present in the games can subtlety ingrain itself in a child’s mind. In a way, they can help to set up social expectations and habits for people, even if they change over time.
pictures: Sarah C.P Williams, “The Mind as Medicine: Harnessing the Brain’s Power and Flexibility to Help Heal the Body”, UAB Magazine, N/A, accessed May 3, 2017, https://www.uab.edu/uabmagazine/features/the-mind-as-medicine