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Scrabble: A Gift That Can Spell Character

Updated on December 29, 2017
Score Big with Scrabble
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Scrabble is an Extra-Ordinary Gift!

Game time is an excellent opportunity to learn more about other peoples' backgrounds, their likes and dislikes, as well as their personalities. Also, if we are smart, we will take a chance to examine and refine ourselves in the process.

To get the most out of games we can be on the lookout for integrity, character, and other significant qualities while playing with individuals and in groups. Both the positives and negatives are interesting in addition to important to note.

Take full advantage of the interaction that you can have during game time and learn what you need to know about people in your life. It's a great chance to evaluate who they are and what a relationship with them should look like.

Don't miss out on the many opportunities that playing games can provide for you just never know how really significant the information could be. You could possibly learn how to help someone, or even whether they can be helped.

While we're at it we can and should take a look at ourselves. Our own habits and needs can be productively evaluated if we are open to personal growth and willing to look at ourselves objectively.

The gift of a Scrabble game can give more than we might expect if we pay attention to scoring all the benefits that are available in a game. This pastime enhances communication skills while it offers a chance to communicate small details about other people to us.

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Scrabble can be more than a relaxing game.  It can be an important opportunity!What you can learn by playing games might prove to be eye-opening and very helpful!Plan to enjoy playing games but plan to use them to your advantage, as well.
Scrabble can be more than a relaxing game.  It can be an important opportunity!
Scrabble can be more than a relaxing game. It can be an important opportunity! | Source
What you can learn by playing games might prove to be eye-opening and very helpful!
What you can learn by playing games might prove to be eye-opening and very helpful! | Source
Plan to enjoy playing games but plan to use them to your advantage, as well.
Plan to enjoy playing games but plan to use them to your advantage, as well. | Source

Scrabble is a Surprisingly Useful Gift

My husband and I play a friendly game of Scrabble. If one of us misses a good word then we help the other. “Look here, Honey-pie, if you do this instead of that, what happens?” We drink hot tea or eat popcorn and discuss any number of things along the way.

Both of us have very competitive personalities so games can get interesting, but we have learned to relax and laugh and enjoy some down time as we help each other hone our thinking skills and sharpen our memories.

I’ve always thought that playing a game was a great chance to get to know a person, as in to evaluate a person’s personality and character. Cheaters, angry people, whiners, spoiled brats, followers, leaders, cunning as opposed to creative, you name it and their traits can pop out in a good game. It gives us a chance to get to know more about each other and ourselves if we are willing to think through the behaviors we see.

The dance of the game is an opportunity to observe what kinds of responses you’ll get from new acquaintances in different situations. For instance, does a person reveal that they are controlling or distrustful by insisting on keeping score all the time?

As well, the casual conversation that takes place during a game can open up insights into the past, present, and whether you want there to be a future, which is of critical importance in some cases.

We might be able to determine the maturity level of a person after playing a few games. Being able to gauge how patient a person is, or whether a person is willing to have fun with something you want to do even if they are not particularly interested can be important indicators of how much time you want to invest in the relationship.

Paying attention during a game can prevent wasting time and having disappointed expectations because it can give you something to base a decision about the future on. Remembering that if you are going to grow old with someone you need a person who is willing to do things to stretch their mind, not just exercise their body in some way is useful in the evaluations.

Scrabble can be beneficial in more than one way!
Scrabble can be beneficial in more than one way! | Source

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I guess that’s why it occurred to me the other evening that playing games on a regular basis should be a requirement before any relationship goes to the next level. Imagine how companies could benefit if a psychologist played a game of Scrabble with prospective employees.

Just think of the bad characters you could avert from your children’s path if you played a few word games with their new friends. How might an argument turn out if everyone were required to set it aside and play a game before resuming the issue? What insight could you gain to help a family member if you spent time on an unassuming activity like Scrabble?

One of the most important reasons to play games with little children is because they grow up. Parents need to have important conversations with older children but that's not always an easy task. The habit of playing games develops habits of conversation and we all know what a rare commodity talking with teen children is unless parents plan ahead. An eye on the future will give you patience with Candy Land and Old Maid today.

So get out your gift wrap and tape up a game, perhaps even a Scrabble game, then write "Because I want to to get to know you better!" on the gift tag. It could be the beginning of something beautiful or an opportunity to have something revealed that you need to know, and if it is returned to you next year just google in all the letter tile crafts that are available online. You’ll be hooked on Scrabble one way or another!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Sadly, I had to vote "never" in your poll. My mother and I used to play often, but since she passed, back in 1998, and no one else in the family likes to play, (they never did; it was only she and I), so I have no one to play WITH. Mom and I played just for the fun of playing with words, and did not often bother with keeping score.

      I can't stand the online versions for a couple of reasons. One, I tend to be impatient, and if I want to play a game, I want to sit down and play, not wait hours or even days for the other person to get around to taking their turn. Secondly, I don't find the impersonal pseudo "interaction" much fun. I'd rather sit down across from my "opponent," and have a nice visit along with the game, and so we can laugh together over any mistakes.

      So, my word games of choice these days are "Bookworm," (an electronic solitaire game similar to the word game, "Boggle."

      I do have Scrabble on my computer, but I don't like it, because the computer opponent seems to know what tiles you have, and 'steal' the space you had planned for your next great word. (There is no option to play a solitaire game, as my mother and I used to do when we could not get together.) Also, with electronic or online versions, there is no option to make any "house rules," and say, practice your French by playing only French words, since foreign words are not allowed in the traditional game.

      There is also a word game I play on my Nook, called "Deck of Words," that is quite challenging; sort of a cross between some kind of solitaire card game and Scrabble.

      Voted up, awesome and interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We played lots of games when growing up and at different times of my life I have played some card games as well. You are so correct in that there is time for conversation and it also shows a person's character. Up votes and will happily share.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey


      Oh yeah, anytime there's time for a game of Scrabble we're on it! :) My biggest word ever was jacquerie--j on tws upper left, q on double letter score, and it makes use of the center tws. Thanks much for stopping in this post!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      We love scrabble at our home. We play all the time. It's such a fun and entertaining game. I even bought myself the scrabble dictionary and scored big one time on a word no one had ever heard of.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      That's fabulous! I hope to play lots of games with ours when they are old enough and Scrabble will be at the top of the list. It is such valuable time with them, isn't it?!

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I've been teaching my young (9 and 10) grandchildren to play scrabble. Not only for the quality time with them, but for many of the reasons you mention as well. It's always fun to play a game with them and they are learning a lot about life as well, just by playing.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thelma Alberts:

      Good for you! Your nieces and nephews will benefit from your teaching them how to play Scrabble in so many ways and you are making memories with them that they will look back on one day with a smile.

      Thank you for coming by for a visit and letting me hear from you. Too bad you can't pop over for a Scrabble game this afternoon!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      I love playing scrabble since I was in high school and it was a very long long time ago. Now I teach my small nieces and nephews how to do it. Playing scrabble increases there knowledge in english language. It is a great fun. Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      It's too bad that you don't get to play games very much. They are indeed useful in many ways. Maybe you'll get to have fun playing with the kids again one day. Thanks much for checking out this Scrabble hub!

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      My wife does not like games so I don't play them much especially since the kids are grown. I agree that games are useful.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks very much for your input that adds to my thoughts on games. So appreciate your visit to this Scrabble hub!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a great Hub. We always played games in my childhood family and still play them now on my adult family. I think I kind of always knew in the back of my mind that games are a good way to model healthy behavior for our children.... But I never thought it through as clearly as you have. You are so right, we learn an awful lot about someone's personality, character, and temper by playing games with them. I really like this. SHARING

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Scrabble really is a fun game for all ages that has some substance to it. If you buy one for your husband for Valentine's Day be sure to check out my Scrabble Dip hub so you can enjoy a treat while you play!

      So appreciate your visit and input--thanks much for coming by!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Scrabble is a great game, especially for kids! Not only is it wonderful spending quality time with your kids, but it also helps them in spelling and learning new words. I haven't played scrabble since my kids were little. I think I will have to buy it again and get my husband to play! Great hub! Voted up and useful.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks--appreciate your visit and votes very much!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      One of my favorite games. I'm glad you like it as well. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      Yes, exquisite at strategy--well said. I'm going to check to see if you have written about your experience with him.

      Thanks kindly for stopping by and giving this a read, as well as for your interesting comments. I appreciate that you are linking my hub to yours--very much so! :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Wow! I had not read this hub and it's great. It is so true that playing a game with someone reveals their character.

      It's funny. I was in a past relationship with a con man (that's a novel in itself) He always pretended to be really dumb (that was part of his con.) I taught him to play Scrabbble and he ALWAYS won!

      I thought about it afterwards and he was exquisite at strategy even though he was not the best speller.

      I absolutely love this hub and I hope you don't mind me putting it as a link in my "More on games" box on one of my game hubs. Very nice!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Comments are always welcome, but to receive ones with real input into the hub's topic is reason for celebration and gratitude! Thanks much!

      So glad your husband "got it." Why take the fun out of games? :)

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      How intriguing. I loved playing games growing up and even as adults we used to play more games. For awhile I had to stop playing cards and refused to play any games with my late husband, because of his competitive nature. It took the fun out of it. When he finally 'got it' I resumed playing cards. Nice hub.

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Oh yes, you betcha' Monopoly would could do the job just as well, but any game playing would probably be helpful.

      Thanks very much for reading and commenting! :)

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      gracenotes 7 years ago from North Texas

      I think this is a good idea. I've never been one for card games. I like rowdy party games (charades) and Trivial Pursuit. I play Scrabble with my Mom when I see her. My mom's games are bridge and Hand & Foot.

      The best game to play with someone you don't know well is Monopoly! I remember playing it with my cousins and a guy I was casually dating, and I found out almost too much about him!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks. This concept has me thinking... :) Maybe I'll write more detail later on!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I so agree. I grew up in a family hat played games and I played a million games with my 3 boys I think. Good hub.