How to play the game:
There should be two teams for the game:
The "Pessimists" who feel negatively about everything and speak only about problems, and the "Optimists" who look on the bright side and are able to see the advantages of every situation. Even when something is really wrong, they try to find a way out, give some good advice and cheer up the pessimist.
Card No. 1
You are the "Pessimists'.' Take turns reading your problems. The opposite team, the "Optimists'; should give you proper advice or say the right words to cheer you up. If they manage to find the card with the right words within seven seconds, they get a point. If not, or if they read the wrong words, you get one point.
They don't have an answer ready for your last problem, but if they manage to invent some good advice or cheer you up, they'll get five points. If not, they'll lose three points.
1 I don t have many friends. I have only one friend I can rely on. I think I m so unpopular because I m a bookworm and don't go out much. People get bored with me and it makes me very upset.
2 My parents ask me so many questions about my friends, my progress at school and my musical preferences. I think they want to control my life and it bothers me.
3 I can't get along with my parents. They hate me because I'm different. They don't like my hairstyle, my clothes, the music I listen to or the way I speak. Everything about me irritates them. I feel down because I love them anyhow.
4 All my friends have already chosen what they are going to do after leaving school. But I still can t make up my mind about my future career. Is it because I'm good for nothing?
5 I want to get a higher education and to become a first rate surgeon, but I'm not sure I'll manage to get into university. I'd better give up this idea
6 I'm crazy about travelling, but I don't think I'll ever be able to afford travelling to other countries since everything is so expensive through tourist agencies. I feel really unhappy that I'll never get to see Europe, America or Africa. I'd better throw out the TV set so I don't have to see far away countries.
Card No. 2
You are the ''Optimists'', The opposite team, the ''Pessimists'', read their problems in turn. You should give them proper advice or say the right words to cheer them up. If you manage to find the card with the right words within seven seconds, you get a point. If not, or if you read wrong words, they get one point.
You don't have an answer ready for the pessimists' last problem. This means you'll have to invent it and if you manage to give some good advice or cheer them up. you'll get five points for it. If not, they'll get three points.
A Nothing of the kind! It only means that you need more information. Read newspapers and magazines that have articles about different careers. Learn more about schools, colleges and institutes. Ask friends and relatives about their work experience. Sum up the information and then you can make your choice.
B Your parents can't hate you. That's nonsense. But they can disapprove of your hairstyle, clothes and behaviour. Try to speak to them and find out what they want you to change. I'm sure you 11 manage to understand each other.
C You shouldn't do it. There are many ways to become a first rate specialist. If you can't get into university at first, keep trying. You can also start in a professional college, become a nurse and work in a hospital to gain medical experience. It will give you an advantage when entering university.
D You are a lucky person. You've got a loving and caring family. They ask questions because they care for you and want to support you any time you need help.
E You are a lucky person. You've got a good friend who won t ever betray you. Don t forget that true friends are rare. And if you read a lot, you'll never become a bore because you'll know so much and will always be an interesting person to speak with.