The idea of self-image is exceptionally vital for many people. After all, the way we think about ourselves will affect us in many different ways, including affecting our mental, physical, social, emotional, and even spiritual health. In other words, how you feel about yourself will affect the way you function. For this reason, it is important to do things that help you feel good about who you are as an individual.
Gaming is one of the activities that can help improve your self-image. In this article, we will share three ways it does so:
1. It identifies your moral compass
It has been a long-time belief that video games make people violent. This thought still exists today, primarily with those who do not play games. The Internet is filled with videos of raging gamers smashing their surroundings, as well as horror stories of people hurting their families because of games. So, do video games cause violence? No, they do not. While it might spark some aggressiveness, it does not create any violence that did not exist within you in the first place.
Regarding self-image, playing video games helps you identify your moral compass. For example, many role-playing games allow you to make a “good” and “bad” choice (buying or stealing). In most cases, these choices help you understand what type of person you are and what you believe.
2. It improves your self-esteem
What do you feel about yourself? Do you feel proud of who you are, or are you wishing you were someone else? This question often relates to your self-esteem and one that runs through many gamer’s minds.
For many gamers, this problem is addressed through the creation of an avatar that has all the strengths they have always wanted in the real world. For example, if they wanted to be courageous and strong, they might pick a character that portrays such characteristics. In doing so, they create an idealised version of themselves, allowing them to experience a different side of who they can become.
This satisfaction of being what they truly want to be translates into their minds, affecting their real-world selves. In other words, when you are given time to be who you wanted to be, you end up becoming more satisfied with who you are, improving your overall self-esteem and self-image.
3. It helps you learn about yourself
One of the most common problems regarding self-image is that many people do not understand who they are. When they do not know their strengths or weaknesses, it becomes difficult for them to know what they want or what makes them happy. While these questions will take longer to answer than others, games have given a way to figure out who you are.
For instance, games can help you understand who you are by offering you roles in the game that you have to fulfil, such as a tank or support role. These realisations can help you identify your role in the real world.
At this point, you now know that playing games can actually help you improve your self-image in many ways. From helping you identify your moral compass to enhancing your self-esteem, games help you slowly understand who you are. Plus games are fun, and having an enjoyable time playing your hobby goes a long way to making you feel good. As a result, it significantly boosts your self-image even more.If you are looking for shortcuts to life skills, and geek culture to boost your nerd confidence, join our community today to see what’s in store for you!