Use Your Hero / Heroine to Help Solve a Problem

by | January 15, 2020

Use Your Hero / Heroine to Help Solve a Problem

Despite the many drawbacks of our celebrity culture, one positive aspect is that it gives people lots of opportunity to project their inner heroes and heroines onto real figures. In this exercise, we’re going to use your hero / heroine to help you work through a problem. Of course, your hero / heroine doesn’t have to be a celebrity; he or she can be a family member, a partner, friend, or acquaintance, or even a fictional character.

Think of a problem you’re working on, and take a few moments to reflect on it. If it’s helpful, write down everything relevant about the issue. Then, go through these steps:

Step One: Ask yourself, “Who could solve this problem?” Think of a hero or heroine, someone you greatly admire, someone with powers beyond yours, a person or even a fantasy figure who could deal with what you’re facing.

Step Two: Playact you hero / heroine. You may want to embody everything about them, or you might just wish to focus on the features you’re most attracted to. Either way, start by visualizing what he or she or it looks like. Take your time to study every aspect—face, body, hair, clothes, as well as the details of their behavior.

Step Three: Feel what it would be like to be this figure. What kind of bodily and emotional feeling sense does your hero / heroine have? Feel into it.

Step Four: Listen to how this figure speaks. Pay attention to the pitch, tone, tempo, and volume of their voice. Then, experiment with talking this way.

Step Five: Stand up and walkaround the room embodying this character. Really get into their movements and gestures.

Step Six: Replace your mind with your hero / heroine’s mind. Think like he or she does.

Step Seven: Be your hero / heroine with all your senses. Forget yourself and totally become this great spirit in all his / her power, beauty, and confidence.

Using this figure’s attitude and energy look at the problem. As the hero / heroine how do you deal with it? How do you view the issue? What kind of thought process do you go through? And what kinds of solutions do you come up with?

Great work! You’ve just learned how to use your hero / heroine to help you deal with a problem. You did this by playacting— seeing, feeling, moving, and thinking like him or her—and then using this way of being to provide solutions to your problem.

Dr. Zwig
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Meet Dr. Adam Zwig—psychologist, musician, podcaster, author, and educator. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology, has had 9 Top Ten hit singles on the U.S Adult Contemporary charts, and is an internationally renowned workshop leader and lecturer. He has been featured on Billboard, SiriusXM Radio, CBS Radio, and many other stations, and in People Magazine, SPIN, Pollstar, and many other publications. Dr. Zwig has released 7 albums, and his music can be heard on National TV, including NBC, Fox, and Fuel TV. He has more than 160 million views on YouTube, over half a million social media followers, and has scored in the top 10% of rock artists streamed on Spotify in 2022. His forthcoming book, Your Problem Is Your Teacher, shows how life problems are not pathological but rather personal growth processes trying to happen. His podcast, The Dr. Zwig Show, posts new episodes every Wednesday.

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