Compassion Game: The Good Life!

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Passion as wisdom on elementary paths of research in order to develop the good (working) life

The Compassion Game appeals to the passions of players to align their course in life and career with their own inner compass. The game assignments are aimed at imagining and articulating the meaning of the good life in relation to tragedy. A playful introduction to research traditions from the perspective of philosophical counseling.

Using the symbolism of the four elements and mythological stories, you are invited to explore a personal fascination hand in hand with a theme from your own professional practice.

Compassion Game: the good life!

In the 6th century BCE natural philosophers debated which of the four elements contains the origin of life.

An investigative approach to this question marks the transition from a magical-mythical experience of the world to a rational worldview.

ISBN: 978-94-92127-05-1 — Kompassiespel: het goede leven!

  • The Compassion Game for developing the good (working) life provides a playful introduction to research paradigms and to Levensvisiespel: Visualize your inner compass!
  • Duration: two half-days, for 3 to 6 players.

Playing materials

Box contains:

  • Playing Field:
    1 the Labyrinth
  • Playing Attributes:
    1 six Colour Dice;
    1 Hourglass (of about 10- 15 minutes)
    1 CD Dream travelling and Heroic Dreams (Droomreizen en Heldendromen) with 22 songs
  • Playing Cards and Tokens:
    4*5 Cards with Elementary Ways;
    4*6 Cards with Places of Destination;
    2*4 Tokens with Symbols of Power
  • Working Materials:
    1 Instruction Guide with
    8 Fill-in form for the exercises in the game

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Art Dialogue Methods (ADM)

ADM is the research variant of the board game Know Yourself, the Compassion Game, and has contributed to the development of the Body of Knowledge and Skills of the master’s degree program in counselling at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and at Arnhem and Nijmegen Universities of Applied Sciences.

By playing the game with the involvement of teachers, the symbolism of the game has co-creatively led to the development of concepts of research qualities; such as the dynamic interplay between the ‘power symbols’ of the eye, the heart, the spiral and the hand, which has been interpreted as the methodical interplay of different voices inside oneself: mythos, pathos, logos and ethos.

This methodology has been developed into the Art Dialogue Methods (ADM), a developmental oriented approach in change processes and action research. A forthcoming textbook will be published about ADM, and there have been articles published in professional magazines (in NL): een artikelen reeksBegeleidingskundig-Handelingsonderzoek-MBK

Update 2022-07

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