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Chess therapy is a form of creative therapy or recreational therapy. It endeavors to use chess games between the therapist and the client to form better rapport between them for the purpose of confirmatory or alternate diagnosis and toward the goal of problem solving or achieving higher levels of functioning. This approach, of course, limits itself to therapists and clients who play chess and are familiar with the rules and peculiarities of the game. Early on, practitioners of various theoretical backgrounds and persuasions have incorporated chess games in their sessions to gain better rapport with the client, to diagnose client personality and help the client develop self-awareness and insight regarding his or her temperament, and to teach social experience, which necessitates abiding by rules and ...

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