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Mirth-Maker

Type-Three Persona: Artist, Joker, Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Telling nonsense tales
  • Shaggy dog stories
  • Comic books
  • Making amusing tableaux

A Mirth-Maker is a Type-Three Play Persona, combining Artist, Joker and Storyteller. A Mirth-Maker loves to bring humour into the world, through art, telling stories, setting in motion unexpected events. For the Mirth-Maker the world is a stage for play, and they're never happier than when seeing what some unusual creation looks like or how a madcap scheme might turn out. With a Mirth-Maker around, you're in for a fun, zany time.

Reflects traits of type-two personas:

Surrealist

Type-Two Persona: Artist, Joker

Favourite play activities include:

  • Nonsense poetry
  • Creating abstract art
  • Colouring in... while ignoring the lines
  • Building elegant practical jokes
  • Trompe l'oeil art

A Surrealist is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Artist and Joker. A surrealist loves to challenge perceptions, and presents a view of the world that is at odds with usual expectations. They don't take themselves too seriously - even during the most earnest of creative endeavours - and frequently their words hum with an ambiguity about whether they are really proposing the preposterous things they seem to be. Part of the joy of having the surrealist around is that they love to share their zany view of the world - but for some other personas this can feel a little destabilising.

Cartoonist

Type-Two Persona: Artist, Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Creating cartoons / graphic novels
  • Immersive theatre
  • Naturalistic / representative painting

A Cartoonist is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Artist and Storyteller. For a Cartoonist, creating things is rarely just a practical endeavour. They love to tell stories with their creations, building in narrative, memories and lived experiences. Beauty is less about the aesthetic and more about what it evokes in you, and how it reframes the world from some other perspective. Sometimes you'll want to ask a Cartoonist just to use words to explain what they're thinking - but this is often a mistake. They're eager to tell their story, but you must allow them to do so in their own way.

Comedian

Type-Two Persona: Joker, Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Telling jokes
  • Shaggy dog stories
  • Witty banter
  • Fancy-dress parties
  • Jigsaws

A Comedian is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Joker and Storyteller. Just as you'd expect, a Comedian is a great person to have around. Witty and eager to share, they're frequently the life of the party. Beware, though, of underestimating the Comedian - their levity might well hide a desire to share their truth about the world, and to question the status quo. If you're a Comedian remember to stop and check whether what you're saying really is just a bit of fun - or whether something much more serious lurks underneath the surface. Just don't tone down the funny - everyone loves it!

Combines traits of basic, type-one personas:

Artist

Type-One Persona: Artist

Favourite play activities include:

  • Colouring-in
  • Drawing
  • Doodling
  • Visiting galleries
  • Watching nature
  • Choosing colours for painting rooms / wallpaper / furniture

An Artist is one of the basic, single-type Play Personas. He or she loves to observe or create beauty in the world. An artist derives pleasure from creating – whether that’s building a structure from just the right selection of Lego, or life-drawing in charcoal. If you’re an artist, you might also enjoy going to galleries, listening to music, or watching a gorgeous sunset.

Joker

Type-One Persona: Joker

Favourite play activities include:

  • Comedy
  • Practical jokes
  • Puns
  • Play-acting
  • Surreal play
  • Colour runs

A Joker is a basic, Type-One Play Persona. A joker loves to muck around, and frequently resists rules and constraints. They'll be the one who relishes chaos and the unexpected. They can be difficult to have around if you're a stickler for rules - but they can probably teach you a thing or two about letting go of your preconceived ideas of how play should unfold, and encourage you to go with the flow!

Storyteller

Type-One Persona: Storyteller

Favourite play activities include:

  • Writing
  • Lecturing
  • Sharing experiences
  • Imagining
  • Role-Playing

A Storyteller is a basic, Type-One Play Persona. Enjoying sharing their experience (though not necessarily using words) a storyteller often uses play to form memories as much as for the experience itself. They love to imagine - and to share the product of their imaginings with their fellow travellers. On occasion this can tend towards storytellers seeming a little distant from the action, but be reassured that this is just them storing up information to relate back later!

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