Healing Games: Power of Behavioral Design in Improving Resilience

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Assistant professor of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Games are a non-separable part of almost all human kinds live. There are majority of research by psychologists on the negative effects of “gaming”: the potential harm related to violence, addiction, and depression. We recognize the value of that research; however, we argue that world need a positive perspective toward games healing potential. Considering these potential benefits is important, in part, because the nature of these games has changed dramatically in the last decade, becoming increasingly complex, diverse, realistic, and social in nature. In this article, we summarize the research on the positive effects of games in the field of resilience. By integrating insights from game design, game-fullness, and positive psychology, as well as psychological capital, we propose some candidate mechanisms by which playing games may foster real-world psycho social benefits or by extracting the positive dimensions of game and translating them into real life. Our aim is to provide strong enough evidence and a theoretical rationale to inspire new programs of research on the largely unexplored mental health benefits of gaming. Finally, we end with a propose to empirically use of what we have been learn from the games nature to improve people resilience in action
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