Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fun and games

Check out this article about what Jane McGonigal is up to.  Way to go putting the fun back in TBI recovery!

I still believe really strongly that gamers can solve some of the world's toughest challenges, but some of the world's toughest challenges are very personal.

The article goes on to say that Ms. McGonigal created SuperBetter as a way to jump-start a slow recovery from a serious concussion. SuperBetter is a customizable, social game that you design to help you reach your goals.

The site says: Resilience means staying curious, optimistic and motivated even in the face of the toughest challenges.

I've never heard of SuperBetter before and am in no way an online gamer. But doesn't this sound  curiously in line with what is going on here at Route 66, a journey? I went to the site and created an account. Love the Internet!

The game creates a structure around whatever your goal is. You tell it the kind of resources you need to achieve the goal, and you keep creating new goals. It provides game-like concepts like quests, power-ups, and bad guys.

New users get a walk-through of the basic ideas and motivation behind the game. Text and videos describe the science behind physical, mental, emotional, and social resilience. Science! OK, I'm still with you...

Today it's probably the emotional resilience that needs a boost. Positive emotions help creativity, will power, and stamina. Apparently, positive emotions also help you grow new neurons faster!

It just occurred to me that this is a huge improvement over the scientific view about brain cells and neurons just a couple of decades ago. A brain injury was mysterious and sensitive and out of control. Capability only went down with injuries and with time. It's almost like the white coats took pleasure in saying 'it's hopeless, give up'! I like this science better.

The rule is 3-to-1. For every negative emotion, conjure 3 positive ones. Do 3 quick things that feel good to get back on track. 

1. Investigating SuperBetter and posting on this blog.
2. Lunch at Yakko (now).
3. TBD.

Will report back...

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