Spoiler alert: these games aren’t about manipulation but they will help you sharpen your thinking and work better with others.
Merriam Webster defines “mind games” as, “A psychological tactic used to manipulate or intimidate—usually used in plural.”
That’s only one definition.
Some companies sell “mind games” to describe programs and instructional material that are supposed to train your brain. The purveyors of these mind games promise miraculous results. Depending on who’s selling the mind game, you might fend off mental decline. You might get much smarter.
There’s also a much more mundane definition. The term “mind games” is used for puzzles and other things that challenge your mind. Several table games are in this group.
I’ve got another. My definition is: “ways to think that will help you be a better boss.” Here are three of them.