8 Head Games the Narcissist Plays – Ping-Pong, Anyone?

Narcopath Manipulation Characterized as Games

Narcopaths (malignant narcissists, narcissistic sociopath) are masters at playing mind games. They play to win and take no prisoners. They are sore losers and if they don’t win they will often react in a fit of rage and stomp away like a little child.

I have to say upfront, I am not comfortable calling what a narcopath does to us as games, but I can’t think of a better alternative. I used manipulation characterized as games, but that’s a mouthful. Anyway, every therapist I’ve talked with uses the term, so I will, too. When I think of games, I think of fun, laughter and enjoying myself. Nothing about my experience with the narcopath comes even close, so it’s hard for me to think of the narcopath and games in the same setting. Polar opposites in my mind.

I don’t want to play games with a narcopath anymore. The rules are not written down and change according to her whim. I’ve lost before the game even begins. However, I am not a pacifist by any stretch of the imagination. I won’t walk away when I’ve been challenged very often, so when I urge you not to play the narcopath’s games, it’s not because I don’t like a good challenge. I just want a fair playing field or at the very least be playing by the same rules. The narcopath is too skilled and had far more experience playing these games than we ever will. If we are going to triumph against the narcopath, and we are going to, we have to play by OUR rules, not theirs. Oh, you may win a skirmish here and there, but remember, they don’t think like we think. This article reminds me a story a friend of mine, Dale, told recently. He and his young five-year-old son had a marathon checkers match one evening, and after several hours of winning game after game, Dale told his son he was calling it a night, but his son looked perplexed and exclaimed “But, the game’s not over yet!” Dale said he told him they played about a hundred games already, and what did he mean “the game’s not over?” His son looked at him with the most serious look a five-year-old could muster, and said, “the game’s not over until I win”. This mentality is what we face with the narcopath.

The most important thing you must remember about all these game is that no one can know the rules except the narcopath. Here are some of the more common “games” that narcopaths play:

  1. Ping-Pong: When a person begins to understand how a narcissist works, he or she realizes that it’s a bit like playing ping-pong. Anytime a narcissist has to self-reflect about anything, they will immediately throw the ball back to the person they consider their opponent. Narcissists will always throw the ball back to the other person. They do this in the expectation that they won’t have to take responsibility for their behavior. Narcissists hope that by not taking responsibility for their own actions (by using blaming, shaming, projection, denial, etc.) their partner will do what they have always done-forgive the narcissist, make excuses for the narcissist’s behavior, claim the narcissist couldn’t help himself because he was having a bad day, and so on. The narcissist is a moving target and you are always on the firing line. To get away from them (or expose them), you always have to keep an eye on the ball i.e., their actions and motives for playing their games with you. You have to stop wanting to play. You can stop catching the ball and put it back in the narcissist’s court by setting boundaries and making him aware of his actions. He then realizes he has no one to play with anymore. He will either drop the person like a hot potato, try to punish the person, or run away.
  2. Crazy Eights: This is a favorite game of narcissists. YOU are called crazy anytime you confront them, bring up past issues or behaviors, or expose them when they’re doing something appalling. The game goes like this: he/she tells you that you have an overly active imagination, you don’t know what you’re talking about, they have no idea what you’re talking about, or that you’re simply making things up to cause problems. They’ll tell you that it’s obvious that you are the one who is crazy (and tell you that everyone around you agrees with them about you being crazy). They will claim not to remember even unforgettable events, flatly deny they ever happened, and will never entertain the possibility that they might have forgotten. This is an extremely aggressive and infuriating tactic called “gaslighting”, a common technique used by abusers of all kinds. Your perceptions of reality are continually undermined so that you end up without any confidence in your own intuition, memory, or reasoning.
  3. Liars Poker: Individuals with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) play this game fantastically. They lie better than anyone I’ve ever been around. Unless you know them well, they don’t show any of the tells experts look for in exposing deception. My guess is this is how they are able to con so many therapists. I know first hand what that look is on a narcopath. When she was here, the things she didn’t tell us, most with tears in her eyes. I felt so much sympathy for the horrible things that her ex and her parents did to her trying to control her. The stories she told us were outrageous and I bought every one of them, hook, line and sinker. Their persona and their entire world are totally based in lies. Their positive attributes and alleged actions are all made up to trick and seduce others into giving them their fix of narcissistic-supply: praise, adulation and accolades.
  4. Gotcha! The narcopath is a master of phony empathy. He/She appears to take you in, appears to understand what you are experiencing, and appears to genuinely be able to put himself in your shoes. These acts cause you to let your guard down; just when you think there is a genuine give-and-take in your relationship, he pulls a fast one on you-a “gotcha”- most often when you’re at a low point. He will suddenly tell you about his extraordinary new career move, a luxurious trip that he’s taking, or a huge shift in financial status that will make you feel even more diminished. Narcissists perfectly execute an unexpected psychological pounce; their purpose is to grind you down, to humiliate you, and make you feel small and inferior.
  5. Death by a Thousand Cuts: This is a really fun game that all narcissists like to play! Some of your strongest trauma bonds are created with this sadistic game. It involves destroying your soul, your ego, your accomplishments and any belief system you have that does not agree with their beliefs. You both start with empty buckets. The first one to fill his/her bucket wins. They win the game if they are successful at turning everything about you and everything you do into a complete failure. They earn extra points when they successfully take all the credit for everything good that has ever happened in your life, and you thank them. They earn double points when they manage to put all blame for everything bad in your bucket.
  6. King/Queen Game: Either the king narcopath or the queen narcopath gets to make up the rules as they go along; they don’t have to tell the you the new rules, and they change the rules when it suits them. They are the king/queen and, as your superior, entitled to win this game, always. You suffer the consequences for breaking the rules, even those you didn’t know existed.
  7. Cat and Mouse: This is a kind of competitive patience (solitaire) game for two players. It is also known as Spite and Malice. You start this game by arranging the cards from low to high with the Kings/Queens being wild. Suits (the normal order of things and/or common societal rules) are irrelevant in the game. The game ends when someone wins by playing the last card of their “pay-off” pile. The game can also end if the players run out of cards, in which case the result is a draw. Cat and Mouse (or Spite and Malice) is a perfect game for a narcissist because it is actually a form of solitaire, it requires “one-upmanship”, and involves pulling out “better” cards to beat the opponent. It involves a “payoff” and for the narcopath, that usually means hurting you somehow. They keep track of real and imaginary things you do, have done, or might do. This is their “pile” and they will pull a card from it and use it against you when they feel like it.
  8. Guess Who?: This is a pretty simple game, and quite popular. The rules are few. Basically, you must summon all your psychic skills for this game. It is your job to read the narcopath’s sick mind, then decide what kind of mood he/she is in, and respond to her without her saying a word. Your options include, but are not limited to, two-year-old throwing a temper tantrum; Guilt-tripping puppeteer; Poor unappreciated Cinderella; Cock of the Walk; Coy tease; Inquisitor; Keeper of the Gate; add your favorites to the list. If you get it right, then you win the right to change your behavior to mirror his/hers, and your day will be a good one. Get it wrong and you lose. You get to listen to what a loser you are all day long. Either way, they win. OR, you don’t guess at all this time. Instead, you pack up and leave crazy narcopath and win you back.

The only way for the you to win any of the narcopath’s games to not play. If you are in a relationship, you can walk away from the toxic narcissist in your life. If your boss is an abusive narcissist, you can find another job. You can walk away from your parents, too, if they are abusive. If it’s a family member, move away, go no contact or low contact.

Keep Away Game for You: Keep Away is a game the narcopath doesn’t play, but if you must stay in near the narcopath, it’s one you need to master, and the rules of this game are not to respond the any of the narcopath’s attempt to pull you into one of her no-win games. You are not allowed to respond to jabs, barbs, promises, put-downs, etc. It will take focus and determination to break old habits and create new ones. It only takes 21 days of consistent behavior modification to create a new habit. This is not going to be easy, but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quick. Think of it like this: if you’re playing a game of catch, the only way to stop the game is to not catch the ball when someone throws it to you. It’s possible to stop playing games with a narcissist, as long as you mentally prepare for the challenge, and prepare yourself for the onslaught of negativity, accusations and histrionics. Ignore inciting words, don’t respond to inciting words, hang up the phone politely or leave. Take a drive, go for a long walk, anything. Just get away. There are many ways you can refuse to catch the ball and not throw it back. This is the game of “Keep Away”. You stay away, walk away, and refuse to play. This is a game that you, yourself, must learn to play. It is important to recognize that the narcopath will never acknowledge that he/she is now, or has ever played mind games. It’s up to you to stop playing. Don’t try to get them to acknowledge or take responsibility for their words or actions because they will always say they didn’t do it or it never happened or it was your fault.

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Kwanzaa Party Games Celebrating in Style and Fun

Kwanzaa is a fantastic occasion to celebrate. If you’re having a party, here are a few game ideas that will add to the fun.

“Mamba” Kwanzaa Party Game

This game is lots of fun, and requires players to work together as a team. It is especially good if lots of children are playing. All that’s required is a fairly big area (around 10 metres square) that has been marked off. The children gather in the marked-off area, and one is selected to be the Mamba. The Mamba must try and catch the other players, who must stay within the marked-off area. Any player who runs outside this area must leave the game. When a player is caught by the Mamba, they join onto the snake by placing their hands around the Mamba’s waist. Only the snake’s head (the original Mamba) can catch people, but as more players get caught the children making up the body of the Mamba can entrap other players. The game ends when all children have been eaten by the Mamba. The last player to get captured wins a small prize.

“Earth, Air, Fire, Water” Kwanzaa Party Game

This fun Kwanzaa party game is best played with a fairly large group of children. All that’s required is a tennis ball and a decent-sized area to play in. The children sit in a circle, and one is chosen to start. They must throw the tennis-ball to someone else in the circle, calling out either “Earth”, “Air”, “Fire” or “Water”. If Earth is called, the player who catches the ball needs to name an animal that lives on the Earth (the ground). If Air is called, they must name an animal that can fly. If Fire is called, they must remain silent. And if Water is called, they must name a marine animal. The game continues as the ball is tossed from player to player. Each player gets 10 seconds to think of an answer, and they must not repeat an answer already given. If they break these rules they must leave the circle. The last player left in the circle wins.

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Advantages of Playing Action Games

Have you ever feel thrill when you are watching a great action movie you like? Have you ever been to a theme park and get some excitement from a roller coaster for example? Well, all these excitation can be felt right in your own comfort of your own home! The answer to the equation is playing Action Games!

Playing of games is getting more and more popular day by day. More and more people are playing games with hand-held game consoles and game consoles. This is the trend right now, especially the introducing of PS3 and Nintendo W II. It can be a source of good relaxation to all. Many individuals have found that by playing their favorite games after working hard at work, they feel totally relax. It can be a source of therapy.

Some of the action games makers make great animations and may include a story line. This kind of games is called a role-playing game. Stories always attract curiosity and people tend to get attracted to it and will keep on playing to know more about the whole story and completing the games. Nowadays, games on computers use this very well to produce games that can take your breath away thinking of the imagination and artist applied by the makers of the games.

Adventures, space battles, planes colliding in mid air, any actions that you can think of, you will find it being used in a game. Action games give great lots of thrill and it can become a family game for the family to enjoy them together. Games can also test the response of the player and sharpen the reflex and judgment time. Such games are not for pure fun. They can be used as training tools if used properly.

Science has proved that by playing games using of mouse and keyboards can actually train your brain to function better and faster. But of course, addicted to playing too much is games is on the bad side of it, so do also take note of the amount of time you spent playing the games you like.

Some major online action games that are currently becoming very popular are Arcade Games, Board Games, Card Games, Sports Games, Shooting Games and Puzzle Games. Look for a good action game and enjoy it! It is a fabulous way of enjoyment. These action games can become really addictive if it's not controlled. Do take small doses and life will be a joy.

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ADHD and Video Games – The Pros and Cons of Electronic Gaming

These days, there is a lot of controversy over ADHD and video games. Is it okay to let a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder play these games? Are there any potential benefits? In this article, you’ll learn about the pros and cons, so you can make the best decision for your child.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and video games were the subject in a recent news story where a boy who had been playing a violent video game shot and killed his father. Did the violence in the video game worsen the aggressive urges of the boy and drive him over the edge or was it much more likely that there was an abusive element in the home and the father-son dynamic? Since the single father is dead and the boy was only ten years old, we may never fully know the truth.

What we do know about ADHD and video games is that these games can worsen hyperactivity and foster aggression, especially when a child is playing violent games. The fast-changing, ever-flickering images on the monitor may heighten a child’s need for constant simulation. Worse yet, playing video games can also lead to addiction. In fact, countries like Korea actually have addiction treatment centers designed to treat this growing problem. Although addiction is usually characterized by a substance that causes physical withdrawal symptoms when removed from the addict’s life, gaming is considered addictive because it significantly increases dopamine production (the feel-good neurotransmitter) in the brain. When kids are forced to stop playing these games, they may experience something akin to feeling depressed.

Of course there are two sides to any controversy. Supporters of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and video games say playing them can help kids with ADHD learn how to focus and sit still while they play. They also believe that gamers develop excellent hand-eye coordination that may serve them well in technology related jobs in the future.

Whatever your beliefs, here are some suggestions if you intend your child to play these games. First of all, impose a time limit. Some parents only allow children to play video games on weekends and only if their school work has been done. Second, keep your child away from violent games and pay attention to their ratings.

One thing that works for many parents who believe that gaming can be beneficial is giving their children a natural remedy to enhance the increased focus and hand-eye coordination that is often developed through this type of play. Unlike drugs, natural remedies have no side effects and don’t interact negatively with any other medications that your child might need to take. They work by giving the brain the nutrients it needs to increase concentration, memory and the ability to stay on task while reducing hyperactivity, impulsivity, aggression and outbursts. If you believe that ADHD and video games can benefit each other, giving your child a natural remedy is a good way to ensure that this is so.

Make sure to do your research and find a remedy that has been FDA-approved and that is made from proven ingredients like Tuberculinum, Arson Iod and Verta Alb which are quality, herbal ingredients that soothe and calm the nervous system, increase focus and memory and decrease fidgeting, outbursts and the like.

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Team Building Games – Connecting People

Team building activities do not only increase employee interaction, but also generate awareness of the other departments work responsibilities, help understand the need of cooperation, the significance of sharing knowledge, and the benefits of team work.

Games are an essential part of the team building process. Team Building Games are more than just opportunities for employee recreation and fun. Games teach the importance of teamwork and help induce team spirit. They help bridge the gap between different departments of an organization and promote cordial relations among employees. They also greatly help bring different employees together to form a cohesive unit driven by mutual focus on goal achievement.

They can be classified into two different types: Indoor and Outdoor games.

Board games, jigsaw puzzles, mimes, indoor golf, musical chairs, carom, Passing the Parcel, Truth or Dare, Chinese Whispers, indoor basketball, etc, are some of the Indoor games that will be played within the office premise. Games like 3-legged racing, bobbing for apples, balancing the lemon, treasure hunts, cricket, football, rugby, etc, are Outdoor games, which will be played over company-organized sports events.

Indoor and Outdoor games can also be combined. A typical example of combination game is Treasure Hunting.

Importance

When several departments work together on a project, slighting one department for another is often the practice. Most times, employees themselves are responsible for discrimination of their coworkers. A typical example of this is the never-ending strife between the technical and creative departments.

An efficient management is one that is aware of inter-departmental relationships. When you are choosing Team Building Games, you must keep any inter-departmental 'wars' in mind. Your aim should be to unite the departments in a social environment. This can be achieved by bringing them together o participate in indoor or outdoor games.

Also, remember, to mix your employees well. It is not imperative that the creative and technical departments should form two unique teams. Including equal number of employees from both departments into one team will increase the scope of interaction and minimize inter-departmental prejudices.

While you may choose from among many common games played in the corporate sectors, you may also experiment with different other uncommon games. Cricket, soccer, basketball, tennis, and badminton tournaments are the most common games played during company sports days. You can also experiment with chess, hockey, rugby and golf matches.

When you are conducting games, do not shy away from introducing new games to your employees. Your employees must be able to adapt. Besides, new games will also build up excitement and encourage interaction. Remember, people unite most effectively when they are faced with challenges collectively.

Whatever Team Building Games you choose, the purpose should be clear to your employees. The aim is to increase interaction and establish cordiality between colleagues. When you organize games, make sure they are games that everyone can participate in. Take into account the female population in your organization. A mix of games that both sexes can play is important.

Choosing Team Building Games may look as simple as choosing games for a children's party. However, it is not. Because you are dealing with professionals here and people of different personalities, skill sets, and work attitudes, choosing a game that will induce a spirit of teamwork is slightly more challenging than picking just any game from the hat

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Playing Mind Games With My Ex To Take Revenge And Even Win Love Back! (3 Quick Tips)

Have you been thinking about playing mind games with your ex so you can take revenge and hopefully, maybe, even win his or her love back? What you're feeling and wondering about is natural and possible, if you do it right! Read these 3 tips and you might be surprised at how soon you will regain control over this situation and yourself …

Tip # 1: Decide That You Are Going To Be The One In Charge From Now On.

Reclaim your personal power and control over this situation by first deciding to be the leader of your relationship life. So what if your ex is the one who initiated the break up? Decide that this relationship is only over when you say it's so. Change your mind, change your life.

So, in the meantime, realize that it's not that you're being dumped, it's that you are giving your ex a chance to prove whether he or she is worthy of you accepting him or her back into your life! This is the best kind of revenge: if he or she does not apologize and make amends for ending your relationship, do not take him or her back. After all, it's truly his or her loss for breaking up with you. Keep reminding yourself that you are a good catch and anyone would be lucky to be with you.

Tip # 2: Give Your Ex Some "Shock Therapy".

What do I mean by shock therapy? Shock your ex by behaving totally opposite of what your ex would expect of you. Why do this? Because right now, your ex has a certain image of you in his or her mind. And for some reason, that image has become either 'negative' or 'boring'.

Since this is all in your ex's mind, we need to perform some 'shock therapy' – and get your ex to rethink some of his or her preconceived notions about you, your relationship and life. After all, if you do not try 'shocking' your ex, there is no guarantee anything in your ex's mind will change, would not you agree?

So play some mind games with your ex by doing something unexpected and unusual. Please do not be too extreme. Just modify a small part of your behavior. For example, if you're usually quiet and do not talk much, be more chatty and open than usual. And if you're usually very talkative, keep quiet and listen attentively. I guarantee your ex will be shocked and surprised to see your change so quickly.

Tip # 3: Go Out With Your Friends And Take Nice Photos To Upload On Your Social Networks Like MySpace Or Facebook.

One of the reasons I share this tip is to give you and your ex a safe space and opportunity to reconnect and communicate. Now that you are no longer a couple, it's harder to just call each other to ask "How are you?" But you can bet that your ex is curious to know how you have been getting along since your break up. So, the best way to send the message that you are well and doing fine is to share photos of some fun events you and your friends have been to together. Even if you've just been snapping photos while going out alone, just upload. You never know when your ex might decide to start a conversation with you about something interesting in your photos!

Now that you're read these 3 quick tips on how to play mind games with your ex to take revenge and even win love back, I sincerely hope you feel better soon and treat yourself well now because you can.

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TOP 5 Free Sites to Download Full Version Casual Games

According to VentureBeat mobile games are conquering the world. Hardly a surprise, huh? Nevertheless, PC casual gaming still exists and people all over the world still want to play casual games full version and free. Let’s put aside those sites asking you to sign up to get a game; showering ads on you; mentioning “free full download” to get you on the hook and download a trial version; and offering cracked games with potentially harmful viruses inside. Here is a list of nice websites that gives a wide berth to those actions.

Freegamepick.com

This casual gaming website lets you download about 400 free PC games with no time limits or trial versions, as well as play online games and mobile ones (yet selection is not that big with only 8 mobile games available). Games on freegamepick.com are allocated in such categories as time management, action, cards, hidden object, match 3, games for girls, shooting, and more. The portal make money generally on advertising, but it’s not annoying at all. The installation process is quite simple, just make sure to skip the offer to install additional software called “PlayFree browser” and that’s it. Game downloads are free of harmful viruses, adware, and spyware (scanned by Virustotal). Eventually, you won’t be interrupted by in-games ads. Each game page contains instructions how to install and uninstall the game for users’ convenience.

Myplaycity.com

MyPlayCity.com offers over 1000 free downloadable on PC and online games available in full version with no time limits. What’s more, this portal has a mobile version, so you can access myplaycity.com through a mobile device. Apart from this, exhaustive game reviews are being posted here permanently. Ads on the portal are a bit obtrusive, but still you can cope with it. The installation process is rather fast, just make sure to uncheck the boxes on the 1st step if you don’t want myplaycity.com become your default browser homepage or useless add-ons being added to your browser. Game downloads are free of harmful viruses, adware, and spyware (scanned by Virustotal).

Toomkygames.com

ToomkyGames exhilarates you with an enjoyable selection of about 400 eye-pleasing casual and flash games that are free to download on PC and play online. All the games are available in full version and have no time limits whatsoever. There are 19 categories to help you choose what game to play. What’s more, the catalogue is being constantly updated with free casual games. In addition, this portal has a mobile version, so you can access toomkygames.com through a mobile device and check out several popular mobile games. ToomkyGames generally makes money on advertising, thus ads on the portal are not abusive at all. The installation process consists of 2 parts: firstly, you’re optionally offered additional software which you can decline easily by pressing the appropriate button; after that, the game files are installed. It’s a bit longer than on the other websites, but games are definitely worth it. Game downloads are free of major harmful viruses and adware (scanned by Virustotal ). Eventually, you won’t be interrupted by in-games ads, too. Everything on the portal is made for user convenience.

Gametop.com

GameTop allows you to easily download full version PC games, as well as play games for Android, iOS, and Mac. All the content on this portal is free and contains no viruses, in-game ads, malware, and toolbars at all (scanned by Virustotal). Main categories are action, puzzle, racing, shooter, hidden objects, simulation, match 3, and arcade. You can also find a nice pick of online flash game in those categories. Gametop.com has the fastest installation process among all the sites in this review: no additional offers and clean installer. The portal make money generally on advertising, but it’s not annoying at all.

Myrealgames.com

This website is mainly focused on flash games, which are in the majority here. You can play them online and download on your PC for free as well. But still, there are over 200 free casual downloadable games along with about 70 mobile games. Games are presented full version with no ads inside. The advertising on the site itself is quite smooth. The catalogue is constantly being updated with fresh games and contains the heap of genres like action, kids games, bubble shooter, dress up, platform games, etc. The installation process is the same as on Gametop – fast and easy. Game downloads are virus free, with no adware or spyware at all (scanned by Virus Total).

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Fun Party Games for Kids Birthday Parties

A kid is always excited to go to children's parties because they will get to see their friends and play the whole time. Not only will they get to eat their most favorite food like fried chicken and spaghetti, but they will also take home lots of freebies and cool souvenirs. One of the most anticipated part of a kids' party are the party games because kids love the challenge and loves the prizes more.

So if you are organizing a kid's party, it is time that you start thinking about the party games you want to have. First, you need to consider where you want the games to be held. If you are planning to have the party at your backyard, then you can choose to have some messy party games because they are a lot more fun. And kids do not really mind to get messy, in fact, the messier the more they like it. But if you are planning to hold them indoors, you should avoid sticky or wet ingredients in the game to avoid any accidents, plus this is hard to clean too.

What are the favorite party games of children in parties? First is to pin the tail on the donkey. The chosen player is to be blind folded and spun around at least 3-5 times. After that, children in the room will be shouting at the direction he should go to be able to pin the tail on the donkey. Kids have a very good time playing this game and you will surely hear laughter all around especially if the player was able to pin the tail on someone else.

Another popular game in children parties are musical chairs or trip to Jerusalem. A group of kids will be required to play this, if there are 10 children, 9 chairs will be placed in a circle. The music will start playing and the kids have to dance around the chairs until the music stops. Once the music stops, the kids should be able to find a seat and the one who was not able to find a seat is off the game. The game will continue until only one chair is left.

If you are having the game outside, you can have a flour blowing game. The goal of the game is to find a number of goodies under the bowl, but the kid can only find it if he / she is to blow the flour out the bowl. And once he has found goodies, only the mouth can be used to pick up these out of the bowl. This is a very messy game but kids will love making fun of themselves once their faces are all white.

Last popular game to have is the spoon race. If you are playing indoors, you can choose to use lemon or potatoes. If you are playing outdoors, you can use an egg. The goal of the game is to be able run from and back the starting line without having the object fall that is placed on top of the spoon. You can divide the kids in two teams and let them race it out. There are so many more party games that are fun; you can simply search the Internet for other kids games to use.

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Game Addiction? How To Play Moderately And Live A Healthy Lifestyle

Have you ever experienced the feeling that you want something? And, you need it right away without delay? Or, the feeling that you wish to eat your favorite food? And, when that food is in front of you, you would feel the excitement to put that food in your mouth and taste its sweetness.

Let's talk about vices in black and white manner, like the feeling of wanting to drink alcohol to be drunk, the urge to gamble, the need to smoke, etc. Or, let's talk about the need for our basic survival: the need to eat, the feeling that you need a comfort room right away or the sleepy feeling and you need a bed to rest your back and sleep. That feeling is the same feeling when you are addicted to games.

I remember I started playing PC games during my college days way back 2000. During my high school years, I used to say to myself that I will never play video games and will never spend a cent on it. Unfortunately, peer pressure, I was invited by my friends to play PC games, and I discovered something which excites me every time I enter the computer shop and sit down in the chair with my eyes bulging on the PC screen.

To be honest, I have been playing games since 2000 until now. But there is a major difference between now and then. Before, I can not control the urge to play PC or video games. There is no day that I would not touch a computer and play games. Before, I spent 10 hours per day in the computer shop and skipped meals just to satisfy my urge to play. Year 2001 I was diagnosed with Gastritis, worst result of spending more time in PC games. I even forgot to study my lessons. I was a graduating student back then when I was addicted to computer games. But thank God I was able to graduate college and had considerable grades though. But the addiction continued. After I graduated college I was able to land a good job. However, I spent more time in games than my work and I ended up hating the job and favoring my games. Year 2005 I had a relationship which would bring me a wife and a family. During those times, that relationship was shaken and tested because of my addiction. Following the urge, I always played PC games than be serious in my relationship. There were times my girlfriend would look for me in every computer shop because I never showed up in our date. When we got married and started a married life, of course a new couple we began buying home appliances. And, do you know what my first favorite appliance was? Bang! Personal Computer installed with games.

There was a time I was jobless but I never felt worried. I loved to stay at home and do nothing but games. I used to wake up early in the morning to play games. The cycle continued for several months. Favoring my PC games than anything even forgetting to go church or any birthday gathering or even spend time with my wife and friends. I came to the point that my favorite sounds are the battle cries of the online favorite character. There were times that I dreamed of those games that I played and I always received a bad comment from my wife in the morning when I wake up. I really felt the urge and excitement when I sit down and moved the mouse hearing the clashing sounds together with video graphic characters. And, the worst thing that happened to me is mimicking the mantra of those characters even when I am walking. My parents, wife and friends said something negative about my game addiction. At first, I never accepted their remarks, however, I realized that I was addicted to PC games and it's ruining my entire life.

"In vertus medio stat," "always stay in the middle,"
"In medio stat virtus:
Virtue stands in the middle.
Virtue is in the moderate, not the extreme position. "

That's what Aristotle said. Virtues stay in the middle when both sides are extreme. Any technological gadget that offers fun and excitement is designed for leisure but too much of it is extreme. After that realization, I was caught in the struggle between fancy world and real world. I even tried to sell my personal computer just to avoid being addicted but it was not a guarantee. Computer shops are open 24hours in 7 days. Horrible! How will I ever stop this craziness?

All I can say: It's a personal decision and all the struggles can be done by you. Your parents, friends and relatives can offer you options but still it boils down to your personal decision to say "NO" to your bad habit.

Things that I do to overcome my struggle:

1. I never stop abruptly; I just put restriction to myself. First, five hours of playing games, 2 hours for the next weeks and one or two days without games.
2. I avoid long term games like online games which would need more time just to level up.
3. I began choosing a game that can be finished in one month. Like Call for Duty and its entire version and other games that can be finish but not online games.
4. I controlled the urge by firmly saying to myself "NO" and it's not time for playing.
5. I kept on telling myself not to be silly and stupid, and do things that are real and connect with real people.
6. I managed my time. Give time to your parents, family, kids (if you have) and friends.
7. When I felt the urge to play I try to stop it and say "NO", that would be a hint that I can overcome my emotions. I usually go somewhere else without bringing any gadget.

I love games and I love to spend time with it but not more than five hours or more in a day. There are things that are more important than that. That is only a want and it is not a need. I offer you no guarantee with all the things I listed above because it is you and yourself is the main factor who can decide and change yourself. Just play moderately.

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