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Play Fighting

  • By: Sergio M. Pellis & Vivien C. Pellis
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Play is a common feature of many young mammals, including humans. Although difficult to define objectively, play is readily recognized by observers and has several consistent features: It is engaged in voluntarily, has no obvious utilitarian value, and appears to be ...

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