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The Comparison Game: The Game You Can Never Win

Updated: Jul 7, 2022

The Comparison game is a social skills and self esteem game for children

Almost daily I here kids talk about something someone else has, how someone else is prettier, stronger, or more popular. On the other hand, I also hear kids bragging about how many toys they have, incredible vacations, or even being more liked than others. This comparison game leads to relationship problems almost every time!

Comparisons either lead to feeling arrogant and better than others or feeling inferior.  Either way you can't win..

The Comparison Game uses cognitive behavioral concepts to help children identify how to stop intrusive thoughts of comparison and to focus thoughts on being content. When you compare yourself to those you think you are better than, you come across as arrogant and rude. When you compare yourself to those who have more, it ignites jealousy and discontent. Either way, you lose. This game helps children evaluate their own attitude and recognize ways to be content with what they have and to value the differences between people.

Since it is a game you can never win, the game board is designed in a circle with no ending available. This helps drive home the point that comparing yourself to others never pays. The game can be played in individual, group, or family sessions.


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