Relationships have ended, families have been (momentarily) torn apart and oh boy has Christmas been ruined more than once thanks to the controversial board game that is Monopoly.
Choosing who to play this game with is key. You need people to be enthusiastic enough that's there's some healthy competition but not crazy enough that they freak out and flip the game over.
Farewell little blue houses, we will never find all of you.
It turns out though, that people who get angry playing Monopoly all have one thing in common: they're control freaks.
According to the self determination theory, in any decent game, the creators have to instinctively find important principles of motivation and manage to find a way to apply them within the game.
These simple concepts derive from three areas of common psychological need; autonomy, the need to be in control of one’s own behaviour or choices; relatedness, the need to connect with others and identify with a group; and competence, the desire to control or influence the outcomes of the game.
You will find that those who get angry or frustrated during a game of monopoly or any board game ultimately have a need to be in control and seem to forget 'relatedness', connecting within the group.
Whip out this article on your phone next time your mate goes mental. C'mon lads, it's just a GAME.