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Tuesday Night Owls - 8 September 2020 - Alter egos

NatashaTNatashaT Posts: 1,337 Teacher
edited January 18 in People and Society
We read about the 'Batman effect' and how having an alter ego can help us:


Vocabulary Top 10:

muster - to work hard to find or get (courage, support, etc.)

poise - a calm, confident manner; a graceful way of walking, moving, standing, etc.

persona - the way you behave, talk, etc., with other people that causes them to see you as a particular kind of person : the image or personality that a person presents to other people

rein in - to limit or control something

a fly on the wall - someone who secretly watches or listens to other people

striking - unusual or extreme in a way that attracts attention

eyes on the prize - concentrate on achieving your desired result

bogged down - to be stuck somewhere

no mean feat - used to say that an achievement is good or impressive; and often difficult to achieve

dispirited - feeling unhappy and without hope or enthusiasm

What other famous alter egos can you think of?
Do you have an alter ego? What are they like? If not, what would you like your alter ego to be like?

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  • BassaBassa Posts: 122 ✭✭✭
    Hi @NatashaT , what the article says made me think to various episodes where I felt anxious. Effectively the idea of self-distancing, thinking yourself in the third person or as an alter ego is an interesting strategy.
    I read also in the past something about look to yourself as a separate identity and this technique is also suggested when you feel very angry: the idea is "look from the outside at the angry person"...and the anger should go away.
    But being honest self-distacing is not so easy to apply, at least for me...
    Because when the task or the situation I'm living is too intense, also if beforehand I had thought to create an alter ego, then, in the middle of the anxiety, look from another perspective is almost impossible...for me.
    I believe anyway this technique can be refined by training and training so, maybe I didn't train enough :)

    Another thing: starting teaching self-distancing from childhood could set this ability as a natural response into the difficult moments and by growing up, as all things learnt when babies (languages are an example), this techniques could be surely used with more effectiveness and control.
  • hberimihberimi Posts: 10 ✭✭
    The article starts by explaining how some stars, like beyonce and adele, use
    the concept of alter ego to overcome drawbacks of being on stage, like anxiety

    To reinforce this view, some psychilogical studies suggests that the creation of an alter-ego
    can help us considering a situation more dispassionately and improve our self control

    not only alter-ego paradigm can reduce undesiravle feelings but
    the small change in perspective can achieve the same results

    Also being as an extreme form of self distancing, it may imporove
    determination and focus when executing tasks

    different experiences were condicted to demonstrate the importance
    of this pholosophy on adults as well as children to improve the global sens
    of self discipline.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,362 mod
    Can I say that the Hulk is the alter ego of Dr. Robert Bruce Banner?
    I'm not sure if the doctor has chosen the Hulk as his alter ego, though.
    Maybe he doesn't even want to be the Hulk.
    What about Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?
    Is Mr Hyde the alter ego of Dr Jekyll?
    No, I don't think that Dr Robert and dr Jekyll really need those alter egos for their self confidence.
    But maybe even criminals have their alter ego, don't they?

    Do I have an alter ego? Not really.
    From time to time I wish that I were somebody else.
    However, if you ask me who I'd like to be my alter ego at this moment ... I just can't think of any famous person, a character or even an imaginary figure.
    I'm just happy and content with who I am.

  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 11,362 mod
    On second thoughts; I would like Mary Poppins to be my alter ego.
    Hopefully, I could make a difference in this broken world. :/
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