Thursday, November 12, 2015
Today I had an interview with an alumni from Brown University. I was nervous, to say the least, but when the time came, it wasn't so bad. At least now, whatever happens, I'll know that I did the best I could.
I started reading Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight by Travis Langley, and I realized how similar Batman and I are. Not to say that I am a hero or anything, but I can relate to his character in a way that I didn't realize before.
Now, how does this relate to my interview? I'll explain.
An hour before the interview, I continued reading the book, and the book is what the title implies: the psychology behind Batman.
First of all, Batman's parents were shot in an alley by a robber right in front of eight-year-old Bruce Wayne. This traumatized him for life, but it is the event that awakened the Batman.
People deal with trauma in different ways, whether it be attempting to shut out the pain with drugs or alcohol, denying the events, giving up, or fighting for a better world. Langley discusses Batman's ability to focus his concentration that "exceeds that of most people's," and by concentration he means his rage or any feeling he feels––he has control (44). Also, Batman doesn't have a restricted range of emotion, which is one criterion of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), a disorder some may think he has. In fact, Bruce Wayne represents a human being that grows stronger after a trauma––he is resilient, and I love how Langley words this: "Highly resilient individuals show greater morale, self-efficacy, self-reliance, perseverance, and purpose in life" (50).
When I was young, I suffered through trauma similar to Batman, as a lot of others have. They say losing a parent when you're young is one of the most traumatizing events that can happen to a child, because they've lost the guidance, the nurturing figure, the people they were drawing themselves from. It makes sense to feel lost after losing your parent.
Bruce Wayne could have given up or sat back in his mansion and live in luxury forever, but he didn't. Instead, he vowed to fight the criminals of Gotham and avenge his parents. His ability as a child to stand back up and fight is admirable.
Resilience is a great, sustaining power.
After I fought through what I did, I remember feeling some sort of change in me, something that told me, "Once you go forward, you can't go back," and I was okay with that. Now, I strive to make a change to prevent people from feeling to same pain that I did.
We are all capable of it.
That's why Batman is the most admirable superhero––he's human. He is a symbol that any person is capable of being a hero, of surviving, and of fighting.
So after reading this particular section of the book, it reminded me of why I wanted to attend Brown University in the first place; I want to go somewhere that can help me make that change. What change, you may ask? Well, I want to help adolescents that go through traumas, or maybe I just want to help people, but these years are the most vital in shaping their adulthood, and if I can show these kids that they are all Batman, what a change that could bring! It'd be beautiful.
If you're going through a tough time or have ever felt like giving up because you feel weak, alone, and attacked, remember that you're not the only one and that no change is small. You're not the only one, and you are capable of making a change.
If you're interested in Batman, psychology, or even inspirational books, I recommend this book. It's entertaining as well.
Now, do something,