Summary #1246

The ‘Batman Effect’: How having an alter ego empowers you
  • Research suggests that self-distancing gives us more space to think rationally about our situation, and it can reduce anxiety and help us regain control of emotions.
  • Different studies from the past decade show that this can be achieved with strategies like adopting an alter-ego, or imagining our situation from a different perspective.
  • Self-distancing seems to help people focus on the big picture, instead of getting trapped in immediate feelings.
  • Kids also benefit from this, as one study showed that children who adopt an alter ego (like Batman) can focus on complex tasks for longer than kids thinking in 1st person.
  • It’s not a sure-fire strategy, but it’s worth remembering that during hard times it might help us to imagine being a different person.


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