This is Science Today. Playtime should not be just
for kids. Adults, for psychological reasons, need
to continue playing past their childhoods. Lenore
Terr, a clinical psychiatrist at the University of
California, San Francisco, believes play is one of
the three essentials of adult life.
Freud had been asked many, many years ago what made
a normal adult and Freud said, "the ability to love
and to work." Now that was 19th Century Vienna talking
and in 21st Century America, we have to say to love,
to work and to play.
And that doesn't just mean sports. Play can be defined
as anything done just for the fun of it - including
work, dancing, painting, or reading. Play can give
people fulfillment, make them more flexible and Terr
says it could even save some marriages.
I think that a lot of marriages fall apart because
the play aspect of the marriage isn't good enough.
It is difficult because men and women play differently
and that they traditionally have different ways of
playing. I think that in some marriages, they have
to compromise and find some ways of play that they
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.