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Batman Effect

Batman Effect

Adopting an alter ego and thinking of yourself as a separate entity can:

  • Reduce anxiety,
  • Increase your perseverance on challenging tasks,
  • Boost your self-control.

This is known as the Batman Effect.

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How can you keep moving when something is frustrating, painful, or boring?

How can you keep moving when something is frustrating, painful, or boring?

One way of making it through the circumstances that are devised to compel you to give up is to form an alter ego that always leverages the opportunity.

This is called “the Batman Effect”- coined owing to Bruce Wayne’s continuous struggle to suppress obstacles being a mere mortal that refers to kids doing better in tasks if they simulate some other character who is majorly successful in those tasks.

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Kids pretending to be proficient media characters continue longer on tedious tasks

Kids pretending to be proficient media characters continue longer on tedious tasks

Earlier investigations have revealed that kids pretending to be proficient media characters continue longer on tedious tasks and do better on executive function tasks versus kids thinking about themselves from the first-person point of view. 

Taking the viewpoint of individuals more efficiently than themselves enables kids to reflect on the challenge and perceive it from various angles. It forms mental space or “psychological distance” between themselves and the effort-intensive task and helps them picture an exemplar.

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The Batman Effect is an active cognitive strategy that moves us forward with confidence as we stay in a stressful situation but with our alter-ego leading the charge.

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