The Benefits of Thinking You’re Batman

The Benefits of Thinking You’re Batman

Yes, superheroes may be just a marketing gizmo that targets your kid to make cash for mega companies, but here’s why they’re good.

Your kid is jumping all over the furniture. He or she is running around with a tea towel attached to their neck as a cape, shouting and pouncing like a lion in the grass.

Yes, you agree for the hundredth time, you’re scary. Yes, it’s amazing: you’re Batman!

Is it healthy, and will it ever end?

For the parents who have wanted to avoid all brand names and only buy wooden trains and felt figurines for play time, rest assured. Pretending to be a superhero can actually be healthy for your child.


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According to Jeff Greenberg, Ph.D., a professor of social psychology at the University of Arizona, it’s all a positive thing.

“…from a psychological standpoint, superhero worship can be beneficial,” Greenberg says on “Kids are pretty powerless and vulnerable, so pretending they’re superheroes is one way for them to gain a sense of confidence and competence in a positive way.”

And it can even be good for adults. As Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D. writes on, simply standing like a superhero has its benefits.

Studies, (weird as they seem), have shown that people who stand with their legs spread apart and hands on their hips with their elbows bent, for even just a couple of minutes, feel more powerful and also act more like a hero.

The verdict? Your kids might not love their superheroes forever, but while they do, it’s all good.

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