Players earn play money by giving Randy good advice on how to deal with frustrating and anger provoking situations throughout his day, both on the job and in his personal life. Randy is rejected by a friend, taken advantage of by a co-worker, and suffers through other anger provoking situations typical of older teenagers and young adults.
Players are introduced to the concept that anger can carry Randy away towards actions that will be regretted later. Three sets of skills are introduced that help Randy stay calm, make good decisions, and prepare for difficult situations. The Self Skills help Randy stay calm and prepare himself for anger provoking situations. The Thinking Skills help Randy think clearly before he acts, and the People Skills help him relate and negotiate successfully with others without the need for threats or violence.
Self Skills: Know how you feel, Stay Calm (take deep breaths), Give yourself feedback, Thinking Skills, Prepare, Make a decision, Postpone your reaction, Think ahead about results, People Skills, Be Assertive, Ignore, Say how you feel, Ask a good question.
Students with anger and aggression problems are usually anxious and defensive whenever the subject is brought up. In the game, however, students are giving advice to Randy, a fictitious person. This "distance" puts them in a position where they can deal with and learn about these important issues without the usual defensiveness and denial. In the post-game discussion, the teacher relates the players' actions in the game to real life situations. The game is designed with lots of suspense and negotiating to make it fun and appealing for older students. A "Teacher's Materials" booklet with complete lesson plans is included.
This game is highly effective for students with anger control problems. Also, since anger control is a vital skill for career success, and since many of the examples are work related, the game is an excellent school-to-career activity.
Learning Objectives: 1.Learn to understand situations that can lead to anger and aggression; 2.Learn to think first before taking rash action; 3.Learn specific skills for controlling anger and aggression; 4.Learn to be assertive without being aggressive; 5.Learn specific anger control skills, as listed above; 6.Feel better about themselves during and after conflict situations.