Who Can Win the Game of Thrones?

PBS BrainCraft segment looks at psychological issues in HBO's Game of Thrones.

Posted Apr 24, 2016

Travis Langley/original screen capture.
Source: Travis Langley/original screen capture.

The PBS YouTube channel webseries BrainCraft asks the question, "Could You Win the Game of Thrones?" BrainCraft's Vanessa Hill (@nessyhill) looks to psychology for possible answers. Does it take money, strength, or self-control? Money and strength are valuable, but Hill argues that self-control matters more. 

Among her sources, she draws from the book Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind is Dark and Full of Terrors, specifically from the chapter "Self-Control and the Secret to Winning the Game of Thrones" by Mark Caldwell Jones and Wind Goodfriend. Self-control is certainly not the only valuable quality, but it is the trait that particular chapter emphasized as critical.

Travis Langley/original screen capture.
Source: Travis Langley/original screen capture.

Watch the video (embedded below) and let us know what you think. How valuable is self-control in a world so chaotic? What other qualities need to go with it for a person even to survive the game of thrones, much less win it? How would you fare in George R. R. Martin's world? What would you do?

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