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Ringmaster

Type-Three Persona: Competitor, Director, Kinesthete

Favourite play activities include:

  • Leading dance-troupes
  • Coaching sports
  • Conducting musicians
  • Organising races
  • Setting up competitions

A Ringmaster is a Type-Three Play Persona, combining Competitor, Director and Kinesthete. The Ringmaster loves to be in charge and get people dancing to their tune. Leading a dance-troupe, music-group or sports-team they'll be as invested in the win as any of the members. While at times the Ringmaster can be controlling, when they are able to relax into it they can put on a show like no other!

Reflects traits of type-two personas:

One-Upper

Type-Two Persona: Competitor, Director

Favourite play activities include:

  • Setting up challenges
  • Organising competitions
  • Leading teams in, eg, paintball

A One-Upper is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Competitor and Director. A One-Upper likes to do better than other people, and this can often be a very powerful drive. It shouldn't be assumed that this is in general directed towards negative ends - frequently One-Uppers use this urge to motivate them to contribute in positive, altruistic ways. They can, indeed, be controlling, but are often great leaders, never happy unless their whole team is delivering successfully, and are therefore great to have around (as long as their on your side!)

Athlete

Type-Two Persona: Competitor, Kinesthete

Favourite play activities include:

  • Catch
  • Football
  • Running
  • Wrestling
  • Play-fighting
  • Swimming

An Athlete is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Competitor and Kinesthete. An Athlete is your traditional sportsman or sportswoman, loving play as much for the opportunity to compete as to enjoy physical exercise. Often an Athlete doesn't care about the particular game at hand - they'll pick up a ball and kick it against the wall, wrestle with nearby friends, or run long distances against themselves or others. The attraction to competing and to movement is best kept in balance, so Athletes benefit from being encouraged to focus on both of these, rather than one to the expense of the other.

Choreographer

Type-Two Persona: Director, Kinesthete

Favourite play activities include:

  • Choreography
  • Setting up physical sports
  • Leading hikes
  • Coaching sports teams or individuals

A Choreographer is a Type-Two Play Persona, combining Director and Kinesthete. A Choreographer likes to lead others in movement - dance, sport, martial arts, etc. Their drive to provide these opportunities is driven by their love of movement - rather than, say, a desire to compete or see others do so. Choreographers make great coaches, but they must make sure they get to experience movement themselves, rather than just enabling it for others.

Combines traits of basic, type-one personas:

Competitor

Type-One Persona: Competitor

Favourite play activities include:

  • Sports
  • Gambling
  • Play-fighting
  • Expeditions

A Competitor is a basic, Type-One Play Persona. Motivated by an urge to do one better - often than themselves rather than other - a competitor enjoys all forms of competition. For a pure competitor, nothing is more important than winning a game or challenge - and they can get frustrated when others don't seem to be taking it seriously. A competitor is a great person to have on your side, and you can be certain they'll go the extra mile to ensure your team wins.

Director

Type-One Persona: Director

Favourite play activities include:

  • Refereeing
  • Conducting music
  • Directing theatre
  • Directing films
  • Dungeon-master

A Director is a basic, single-type Play Persona. A director loves to be in charge, and are frequently natural-born leaders. While on occasion they can tip over into being controlling, a director is a great person to have around. They'll be the one who wants to organise play activities, set up friends to meet one another, and loves to be able to sit back and watch their plan come together.

Kinesthete

Type-One Persona: Kinesthete

Favourite play activities include:

  • Trampolining
  • Running
  • Tumbling
  • Yoga

A Kinesthete is a basic, Type-One Play Persona. A kinesthete loves to move. Never happier than when their attention is on their body, they enjoy any physical activity that gets the blood pumping. Kinesthetes may enjoy sports for the experience more than the competition - and simply want to take movement to its furthest possible extent.

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