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Superbetter

by Jane McGonigal

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JANE MCGONIGAL

“Purposeful play builds self-confidence and real-world problem-solving skills.”

SuperBetter: The game

SuperBetter is the game Jane McGonigal designed for herself when she was recovering from a brain injury and had to lie perfectly still for weeks and weeks.

During the recovery, she realized that she didn’t just want to get better; she wanted to be even better than befor...

Post-traumatic growth and post-ecstatic growth are positive developments that people experience during difficult times.

  • Post-traumatic growth often happens to car crash victims, who find themselves appreciating life a lot more after the crash, or cancer surviv...

This reduction in physical pain comes from 2 things:

  • Playing a video game shifts our attention spotlight, and allows us to react less to the signal of pain.
  • The activity of playing engages us in a state called flow, where we’re so engaged and a...

Bonding with people over games

When two people play a similar game in the same room, they form a strong neurological and physiological connection. They show the exact facial expressions; their heartbeats also settle into the same rhythm – and this occurs irrespective of whether they’re playing with or against ...

Games can have a positive influence on your life, providing that you play them for the right motives. The impact games have on your life doesn’t rest on the type of games you play or the time you use to play them. It depends on the reason you play them.

Not every person...

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