Jesper Juul

Jesper Juul is a Danish family therapist and author of several books on parenting to a general audience. In his book Your Competent Child he argues that today's families are at an exciting crossroads because the destructive values — obedience, physical and emotional violence, and conformity — that governed traditional hierarchical families are being transformed. The book has so far been translated into 13 languages and has popularized current ideas of non-authoritarian parenting.
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An exploration of why we play video games despite the fact that we are almost certain to feel unhappy when we fail at them.

We may think of video games as being "fun," but in The Art of Failure, Jesper Juul claims that this is almost entirely mistaken. When we play video games, our facial expressions are rarely those of happiness or bliss. Instead, we frown, grimace, and shout in frustration as we lose, or die, or fail to advance to the next level. Humans may have a fundamental desire to succeed and feel competent, but game players choose to engage in an activity in which they are nearly certain to fail and feel incompetent. So why do we play video games even though they make us unhappy? Juul examines this paradox.

In video games, as in tragic works of art, literature, theater, and cinema, it seems that we want to experience unpleasantness even if we also dislike it. Reader or audience reaction to tragedy is often explained as catharsis, as a purging of negative emotions. But, Juul points out, this doesn't seem to be the case for video game players. Games do not purge us of unpleasant emotions; they produce them in the first place. What, then, does failure in video game playing do?

Juul argues that failure in a game is unique in that when you fail in a game, you (not a character) are in some way inadequate. Yet games also motivate us to play more, in order to escape that inadequacy, and the feeling of escaping failure (often by improving skills) is a central enjoyment of games. Games, writes Juul, are the art of failure: the singular art form that sets us up for failure and allows us to experience it and experiment with it.

The Art of Failure is essential reading for anyone interested in video games, whether as entertainment, art, or education.

Readers’ comments:

A Fabulous, Important Book.

Jesper Juul provides parents with such an amazing and absolutely vital approach to raising children that it rings true on every page. Some of what he suggests we as parents do is difficult, but all of it is right on about how we can raise confident, healthy, whole humans, right from the start. I was thrilled to have discovered a book that allowed me to see different possibilities with child raising. Anyone with a child will gain immensely from reading this book, seeing themselves in his numerous examples, and learning how to move on from there. I am grateful for this book and highly recommend it.

No Parent Should Be Without It.

With tremendous wisdom and a warm, pragmatic eye, Mr. Juul helps us redefine the ways we look at a child's behavior and our relationship to our children and ultimately, each other. This is a book that doesn't offer easy answers or 'tricks' to help in the raising of your child. This is a book that helps you see with a child's eye, hear with a child's ear, and feel with a child's heart in ways that feel so natural and obvious, you will wonder why you haven't thought of them before. It is a book that offers day-to-day skills along with the thinking that helps generate them. This groundbreaking book should be on the shelf of all parents everywhere. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

If you have children - read this book!

This is an amazing book that will surely turn upside down any thoughts you ever had about raising children. Even though you may not agree with all the views in this book, there is so much food for thought and new ideas that you will return to this book again and again for interesting and mind blowing advice.

An investigation of independent video games—creative, personal, strange, and experimental—and their claims to handcrafted authenticity in a purely digital medium.

Video games are often dismissed as mere entertainment products created by faceless corporations. The last twenty years, however, have seen the rise of independent, or “indie,” video games: a wave of small, cheaply developed, experimental, and personal video games that react against mainstream video game development and culture. In Handmade Pixels, Jesper Juul examine the paradoxical claims of developers, players, and festivals that portray independent games as unique and hand-crafted objects in a globally distributed digital medium.

Juul explains that independent video games are presented not as mass market products, but as cultural works created by people, and are promoted as authentic alternatives to mainstream games. Writing as a game player, scholar, developer, and educator, Juul tells the story of how independent games—creative, personal, strange, and experimental—became a historical movement that borrowed the term “independent” from film and music while finding its own kind of independence.

Juul describes how the visual style of independent games signals their authenticity—often by referring to older video games or analog visual styles. He shows how developers use strategies for creating games with financial, aesthetic, and cultural independence; discusses the aesthetic innovations of “walking simulator” games; and explains the controversies over what is and what isn't a game. Juul offers examples from independent games ranging from Dys4ia to Firewatch; the text is richly illustrated with many color images.

Die Kunst Nein zu sagen: Erziehungswissen mit Bestseller-Garantie

Kinder zu erziehen ist heute keine leichte Aufgabe. Besonders Situationen, in denen wir Kindern etwas abschlagen müssen, sind eine Herausforderung. Mit gutem Gewissen Nein sagen – geht das? Der Familientherapeut Jesper Juul, einer der großen Impulsgeber für eine Pädagogik der Zukunft, möchte Sie unterstützen: denn ein klares Nein ist oft die liebevollste Antwort, die wir geben können.

Das wichtigste Erziehungsplädoyer des Jahres: Warum Erwachsene mit gutem Gewissen Nein sagen dürfen und das auch gut für Kinder ist. Denn Nein zu sagen, wenn man Nein meint, heißt vor allem, Ja zu sich selbst zu sagen und für die eigenen Überzeugungen und Werte einzutreten. Freuen Sie sich auf den neuen Bestseller von Jesper Juul.

Viele Eltern haben Schwierigkeiten mit dem Neinsagen. Das liegt nicht zuletzt daran, dass sie versuchen, Fehler früherer Generationen zu beseitigen, und dabei immer wieder über das Ziel hinausschießen: Früher sagten Eltern fast immer Nein – quasi sicherheitshalber. Heute neigen Eltern dazu, fast immer Ja zu sagen – auch sicherheitshalber.
In seinem lebendigen und mit vielen Beispielen gespickten Elternbuch – gut lesbar und auf den Punkt gebracht – plädiert Bestsellerautor Jesper Juul für die Kunst, Nein zu sagen. Dabei räumt er mit der falschen, aber unausrottbaren Vorstellung auf, es ginge vor allem darum, Kindern „Grenzen zu setzen“. Vielmehr ist es Aufgabe der Eltern, ihre eigenen Grenzen zu wahren.
Nein zu sagen, wenn wir Nein meinen, heißt vor allem, Ja zu sich selbst zu sagen und die eigene Persönlichkeit und seine Überzeugungen und Werte zu schützen. Gleichzeitig zeigt Jesper Juul, dass ein Nein durchaus als zugewandte und sogar liebevolle Antwort verstanden werden kann, wenn die Authentizität erhalten bleibt. Ein echtes Ja und ein echtes Nein sind letztlich zwei Seiten derselben Medaille: Beide haben dieselbe natürliche Existenzberechtigung, und beide sollten stets mit derselben inneren Überzeugung und Wahrhaftigkeit ausgesprochen werden. Sind wir dazu nicht in der Lage, hat das weitreichende Konsequenzen: Wir untergraben unsere eigene Integrität, verlieren unser Selbstbewusstsein, schwächen das Vertrauen und die Nähe zu unserem Partner oder unseren Kindern und versäumen etwas ganz Wichtiges: unseren Kindern ein Vorbild darin zu sein, wie man für sich selbst und das, was man für richtig hält, eintritt.

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