The purpose of this study is to investigate whether any differences in the meanings and the types of play according
to the personality types of MBTI, what differences there are in the forms of play through the stages of development:
childhood, adolescence, and adulthood., and how the forms are changed through the development stages. Through the
results of this study, we propose finding the meaning of play that we should pursue in modern society and the
direction we should ptoceed with our culture of play. For this purpose, we conducted MBTI test on 118 subjects
residing in Ulsan and interviewed 30 women who got high score in MBTI test with semi-structured questionnaires.
This study is based on data was analysed according to Ragheb and Beard(1980)'s six categories of play needs:
psychological needs, educational needs, social needs, relaxative needs, physiological needs, aesthetic needs.
The major findings of this study are as follow as: First, in the meaning of play, the types of Extroversion were
usually influenced by relaxative needs and psychological needs, but the types of Introversion were usually influenced by
social needs. It is suggested that the result is influenced by features of their attitudes. Furthermore both types were
not influenced by aesthetic needs. It is thought to be due to a lack of play experience of appreciation and limit
stemming form different interpretations of the meaning the word ‘play’. Second, in the form of play, the types of
Extroversion were found that they prefer playing to satisfy social needs, as opposed to the types of Introversion prefer
playing to meet the psychological needs. This result is also thought to be due to their characteristics. In addition, It
is found that there is high relax-needs to both of them, the types of Extroversion and Introversion. It shows that
playing is an important role for relaxation. Third, in the forms of play through the stages of development, both types
in childhood were found that they playing to satisfy social needs, and both types in adolescence were found that they
playing to satisfy social needs and relaxative needs. On the other hand, the types of Extroversion in adulthood were
found that they playing to satisfy relaxative needs, but the types of Introversion in adulthood were found that they
prefer playing for social needs. This result shows that we should develop various play culture and programs based on
the personality and the development stages.