The Batman Effect

Beyoncé was Sasha Fierce.

Kobe was Black Mamba.

Eminem was Slim Shady.

And Bruce Wayne was Batman.

Celebrities and athletes for years have been creating alter-egos in order to perform what they don’t think they can do themselves.

Ethan Kross, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, has led this research to suggest that even small shifts in perspective can help people gain control of their emotions. Countless of his studies have concluded the benefits of adopting an alter ego as a form of “self-distancing.”

For example, distancing your own identity from a situation and adopting another’s can improve your consistency in exercising every day, resisting junk food, and even turning off the next Netflix episode so you can get to bed on time.

The trick is in asking yourself, “What would __(alter ego)__ do?”

Sasha Fierce and Slim Shady would put on a show.

Black Mamba would take the last shot.

And you already know what Batman would do.

Consider adopting your own alter ego. What would the thoughts and actions of that person be like? Then when you’re faced with a decision, ask yourself the batman question:

What would (the person I want to become) do?

Then do it.

Tyler

WOD

4 Rounds:
350-meter Row Sprint
50-foot Handstand Walk
-Rest as needed between rounds-


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