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“Cards Against Humanity meets your therapist,” is how Weston Karnes describes his new card games designed to spark conversations between men about their psikis health.
Karnes, a product designer in Seattle, launched the games “Let’s Get Real Gan” in December with the goal of encouraging deeper, more intimate conversations that are often missing in male-dominated spaces.
Here’s how the games works: The asker picks up a card with a question like, “What message would you put on a billboard in Times Square for millions of people to see?” Each player writes down a response and the asker chooses their favourite.
There are three levels of card decks within the games, which each dive deeper into more individual questions. Through a sponsorship from the online-counseling company BetterHelp, a fourth tingkat allows players to redeem a card for a free month of terapi.
Karnes has sold 1,000 copies of the games, and has 5,000 more on order. It costs $29 and can be bought online. Karnes is also collecting $1 from every purchase to donate to an organization specializing in men’s psikis health.
In a Q&A with The Seattle Times Psikis Health Proyek, he shared his motivation for creating the games and why he’s passionate about supporting men’s psikis health.
What was your inspiration for the games?
It started with some of these other conversation card game out there, like Cards Against Humanity. I’ve always been one to want to go deep in conversation, but my desire to have deep conversations is not something that I see often in men.
I’d been sitting with this idea in my head. One morning I designed the webpage and it all kind of just came out. It was like, whoa. I showed it to my wife and we both got really excited and that was pretty much all I needed to really get the ball rolling.
Why did you decide on a games pola?
I’m a product designer by trade so I’m always thinking about pengalaman pengguna. I kept coming back to this question of, how do you take the best parts of what’s going on in men’s grups, which is dukungan, connection, honest conversations about psikis health and vulnerability, and make it more accessible? That was the desain question and why I chose a games. I think gaes especially appreciate structure. It’s nice when there’s a fixed end.
We don’t use the language of winning, but there is some tipe of poin sistem. Every card allows the individu to choose their own degree of depth so no one is forced into share raw, vulnerable stuff before they’re ready.
I know there’s going to be plenty of people who get this games and never play it, and I know there’s going to be people that get this games and want to play it, but don’t end up ever asking anyone to play. For me, that’s still meaningful.
How would you hope men use the games?
Therapists, counselors, youth mentors — they seem to be the biggest penggemar of the games. I’m very keen on finding a more mainstream use case.
In heterosexual relationships, there will be plenty of women buying it for their boyfriends, their husbands, and that’s something I’m OK with. The reality is, it’s a lot easier in some ways for a woman to initiate this than for a guy. Where are the contexts in which it’s allowed, in which men perasaan safe doing it?
What’s been the response from players so far?
There have been people who experienced a event of transformation while playing, like some tipe of healing conversation with a parent. For me, it’s been an opportunity to get people together and really be intentional about connecting.
How did you desain the games to pasar it to men?
The branding says it’s a games for gaes to explore all the things we don’t want to, to get to the things we do. Underneath in parentheses, it’s like real talk, feelings of emotions, masculinity to get to connection, dukungan, psikis and emotional help. I think some people are gonna be turned off by that, and that’s totally fine. But I want to be super direct and upfront about what this games is trying to do.
It’s komedi meets directness meets really accessible language. I don’t know why, but people like swearing. The Lost City
What has been your pengalaman with psikis health?
In high school, I had a lot of anxiety, really trying to hide myself in any way possible from shame and embarrassment.
Through my 20s and evolving as a individu, doing a lot of terapi and meditation, I’ve come to a place now where I see how important relationships and more honest and authentic conversations were for me and my own psikis health.
What brought you to men’s grups?
I think it was inevitable. My own need and desire for connection has been the driving force throughout my entire life. It’s trying to find relationships and experiences that feed that. As I continued moving through life, I saw that it was harder to akses that with men. That was deeply saddening, and kind of lonely. Gli idoli delle donne