Psychology Lessons from playing Scrabble, anyone?
Scrabble Babble. We play Scrabble like we play life. Some of us are hoarders. We hold on to our Qs and Zs hoping to use them at the right time and in the right spot. We want the optimum out of life and we do not mind waiting. And there are some of us who use our high ranking tiles immediately, thrilled by the instant gratification. Some players use the letter S judiciously. They use it to make two words and increase their scores. They are the ones who make most of the situations. The ones who fling about their esses in careless ways are happy go lucky travellers. They are just pleased to make a decent word and are not too worried about what could have been. A few players I know make their moves by second-guessing their opponents. They strategise and manoeuvre, hoping that their adversary is the kind who plays for the sheer joy of the game. Such players have a blueprint for their life too, and they live by the plan. Players who play for fun, float along in life, smelling the roses and making lemonade. Sometimes we make unusual words or lesser-known words to show our erudition, even if they cost us points. Just like when we do irresponsible stuff that makes us look good. Sometimes we give up on a great word so as to deny a triple word chance to the opponent. Much like in real life. Some players take an agonisingly long time to make their move. They are the overthinkers. The ones who are quick are the ones who have a ready list of choices in their head. They are the ones with a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C for any contingency. There is no right way or wrong way to play Scrabble. Just like there is no right way or wrong way to lead a life...The important thing is that you should have fun, whether you are making a word or making a living.