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Does 'getting into character' have an effect?

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2015/01/19 12:33:54 (permalink)
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Does 'getting into character' have an effect?

I wanted to call this thread 'You're a tiger, Gareth!' after Steve Coogan's salesman character who would roar into the mirror uttering said phrase in order, he believed, to function more effectively. I couldn't find the youtube clip, though...
It's an established NLP technique, harnessing a resource from elsewhere, imagining you're a tiger/porn star/top class sportsman or whatever, in order to enhance performance. 
The seafront in Brighton is currently teeming with runners clad in those lycra skins, or with tights beneath shorts, i.e. looking like elite athletes. Similarly, barely a minute goes by without a group of cyclists wearing Team Sky apparel passing by. The gym I go to has plenty of folks with Gold's Gym vests. What I'm wondering is, does it work, does a qualitative shift occur when you wear the clothing of champions, or is it a case of 'all the kit, still ****', also known as 'all the gear, no idea'?  Or neither of the above?
  
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    Re: Does 'getting into character' have an effect? 2015/01/19 12:41:18 (permalink)
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    If you feel you look good it will give confidence.
     
    I dont know how much that helps in the gym but in other scenarios like if you have a smart suit on and go for a job id feel a lot more confident than if I had some shabby outfit on.
     
    If you feel you look the part im sure endorphins rush to the brain.
     
    Ive seen hundreds of people all the gear no idea as you say and I laugh but to them im sure it does something but probably more mind than anything else.
     
     



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    Re: Does 'getting into character' have an effect? 2015/01/19 13:31:58 (permalink)
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    I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're on about but I started running about 2 years ago and after 6 months entered a proper event and have done several since.  There's something about getting the running number through the post, pinning it to your running vest and lining up with the crowds to run that makes me feel a bit special and give it my all on the day.
     
    I've recently joined a running club and have bought the club vest.  My first event this year is in February and I've now entered under the club name and will wear the club vest.  I honestly can't wait.  Something about wearing the kit and representing the club excites me.  Plus the fact that there will be other runners from my club in the same kit.  It definitely adds to the experience.
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    Re: Does 'getting into character' have an effect? 2015/01/19 13:48:45 (permalink)
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    brittas
     
     
    I've recently joined a running club and have bought the club vest.  My first event this year is in February and I've now entered under the club name and will wear the club vest.  I honestly can't wait.  Something about wearing the kit and representing the club excites me.  Plus the fact that there will be other runners from my club in the same kit.  It definitely adds to the experience.




    Absolutely - and this very much chimes with my experience when I joined a club in the early 1990s. I almost had to do a double take during the London marathon when someone shouted 'Up the Hill', referring to my Herne Hill Harriers vest. Hope the vest spurs you on, Brittas!
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    Re: Does 'getting into character' have an effect? 2015/01/19 13:52:14 (permalink)
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    Yes: Have a look at NLP "changing state" 

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    Re: Does 'getting into character' have an effect? 2015/01/19 14:07:26 (permalink)
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    I've recently joined a running club and have bought the club vest.  My first event this year is in February and I've now entered under the club name and will wear the club vest.  I honestly can't wait.  Something about wearing the kit and representing the club excites me.  Plus the fact that there will be other runners from my club in the same kit.  It definitely adds to the experience.




    Absolutely - and this very much chimes with my experience when I joined a club in the early 1990s. I almost had to do a double take during the London marathon when someone shouted 'Up the Hill', referring to my Herne Hill Harriers vest. Hope the vest spurs you on, Brittas!




     
    I'm sure it will!  I've got a local 5 miler in a few weeks which was officially the best turn out for the club last year with 51 runners from my club turning out.  That must feel great.  Hopefully it'll be a good turn out this time.
     
    I'm then running my first Half Marathon of the year in 5 weeks.  I put a post on their Facebook group asking if anyone had done it before.  About 5 different people responded saying they were running it this year which surprised me as it's not local (over 2 hours drive away).  So that should be good as we'll no doubt all meet up there.
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    Re: Does 'getting into character' have an effect? 2015/01/19 14:11:33 (permalink)
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    NLP is a load of psuedoscience bollocks, so I have my doubt as to whether it works.
     
    There is also a big discrepency between how you feel something is working and how it actually works.
     
    You might feel as if getting dressed up in all the kit is making you faster/stronger etc. but the times or numbers might tell otherwise.
     
    A similar thing happens in cycling where people get caught taking stimulunts like amphetamine etc. all the time: cyclists always claim it gets them "in the zone" and they ride harder, yet there is no evidence it actually improves performance.
     
    Contrast that with caffeine, which people don't consider to give them a special "kick", not like amph etc. at least, yet has been proven to improve performance by upto 5% depending on the sport and athlete.
     
    Moral of the story is be careful what your mind is telling you, particularly when you really want the purported effects to happen.
     
    As bodybuilders we've all experienced this - thinking we're getting bigger/stronger when actually we're getting fatter is quite a common one during "bulks".
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    Re: Does 'getting into character' have an effect? 2015/01/19 14:57:44 (permalink)
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    Whilst I wouldn't buy lycra and think I could outpace Bolt to someone like that. I do believe in having the proper tools for the job. Ie best bike you can buy, best golf clubs fitted to you, best drugs etc etc. I think there is something motivating about the feeling of having the correct implements. 
     
    For once I agree with Silly 

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    Re: Does 'getting into character' have an effect? 2015/01/19 16:03:16 (permalink)
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    NLP is a load of psuedoscience bollocks, so I have my doubt as to whether it works.
     
    There is also a big discrepency between how you feel something is working and how it actually works.
     
    You might feel as if getting dressed up in all the kit is making you faster/stronger etc. but the times or numbers might tell otherwise.
     
    A similar thing happens in cycling where people get caught taking stimulunts like amphetamine etc. all the time: cyclists always claim it gets them "in the zone" and they ride harder, yet there is no evidence it actually improves performance.
     
    Contrast that with caffeine, which people don't consider to give them a special "kick", not like amph etc. at least, yet has been proven to improve performance by upto 5% depending on the sport and athlete.
     
    Moral of the story is be careful what your mind is telling you, particularly when you really want the purported effects to happen.
     
    As bodybuilders we've all experienced this - thinking we're getting bigger/stronger when actually we're getting fatter is quite a common one during "bulks".




    LOL!! Where do you get your opinions from Sillynarbie? 
     
     Pseudoscience ? No its actual science. NLP was developed using scientific study on Behavioural science and Psychology.
    Dont believe wiki , which is full of Pseudoscience. 
     
    NLP is a well tested and very effective system for all kinds of benefits. I have been researching/practising it for over 5 years and believe me it can work very well if employed correctly. 
    post edited by Dumbat - 2015/01/19 16:07:39

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    Re: Does 'getting into character' have an effect? 2015/01/19 16:10:16 (permalink)
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    To O.P. yes along with state of mind, wearing the correct clothes will certainly have an effect as changing into a particular outfit is a form of ritual in many ways.
    Successful athletes use it as part of their preparation, they will tend to always dress in the same order before performing.

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