Playful people have a big, noticeable personality. They can light up a room and can shift their perspective to a better emotional advantage.
Psychologists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) conducted a study on a new structural model of adult playfulness.
There has not been much study on adult playfulness in contrast to playfulness in children.
Dr René Proyer from the Institute of Psychology at MLU states, "Models of childhood playfulness have often been transferred to adults. This results in the loss of many aspects including those related to romantic relationships or intellectual performance."
The survey of 3,000 people resulted to an understanding of adult playfulness. Proyer found that there is an overlap of playfulness from the big 5 personalities
: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness to experience and emotional stability.
They identified the four types of adult playfulness which are: other-directed
, and whimsical
Other-directed playfulness are for people who like to fool around with friends and acquaintances. It's for sure - life doesn't get boring with this one.
Light-hearted playfulness are for those people who regard life as a type of game.
For those who like to play with their thoughts and ideas, they fall into the intellectual playfulness category. These people can transform any monotonous task into an interesting one.
According to the psychologists, whimsically playful "tend to be interested in strange and unusual things and are amused by small day-to-day observations."
The stigma that comes with playfulness is that people who have this trait are thought to be unreliable. This study stresses that playfulness must be regarded as a positive trait.
The study is published in Personality and Individual Differences.
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