Social Dilemma-Should You Let Your Spouse Win at Games?

posted by Jaime Roberts - 

Today's social dilemma is kind of a funny one.  At least I think it is.  I have a wonderful friend who I've known for years, her name is Patty.  Patty and her husband Tom are always playing all kinds of board games, like Mexican Train which is a form of dominoes, card games like Hand and Foot, etc.  And when we go over to their house we play too.  And it's always fun.  Except that Patty always gets upset if she loses.   And she loses quite a bit.  No matter what kind of games they play, Patty usually loses.   So we were talking the other night, and I was just kidding around with her because she was so upset and I asked her if she thought her husband or I or anyone should let her win once in a while and not tell her.  And she said YES!   I couldn't believe it.   She said she loves playing but it is hard to know you're always going to lose.  I said, maybe if she had a more positive attitude she wouldn't always lose.  That really got her mad.  She said she wants to win and she doesn't care how she does it.  She would cheat if she knew she could do it without getting caught, and she wouldn't mind if her husband or us let her win.   I would never want that. I'm one of those people who thinks the joy is in the playing of the game, and it doesn't matter if you win.  I mean we're not playing for gold medals.   But she said, nope, she wants to win at all costs.  So I thought I would ask you.  Do you play games with friends and your spouse?  Would you want them to let you win?   That would make me feel bad.   What about you?  Let me know what you think on the 98-3 TRY Facebook page!


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