Computer games can play a role in increasing self-esteem, such as set researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. At the Faculty of Psychology of the university, three games were developed that are aimed at making people think more positively about themselves and their position. A group of 139 people was examined for the functioning of one of the games. First, psychological tests were administered, after which some of the participants had to play a placebo game. The rest had to play a game that would contribute to self-esteem. After ten minutes of play, it turned out that the last group had clearly started to think more positively about themselves than the first.
For the development of the games, the researchers adopted conclusions from earlier studies. Low self-esteem in people would mainly be based on the insecurity they have about acceptance of them by others. There also appears to be a way of thinking that is negative and that occurs automatically in them. These individuals should therefore train positive thinking so that they will accept themselves better. Wham, EyeSpy and Grow Your Chi are the names of the spell that have been developed. In EyeSpy, for example, the player has to choose the face that smiles from a collection of faces. By repeating this exercise, players are trained to focus on positive reactions. Regular exercise may help develop self-confidence, but studies are needed to demonstrate this. The researchers further warn that games are merely a tool in combating a complex problem.