What can the human mind and body endure? Depending on our goal, sometimes we can push ourselves even farther than we think we are capable of. The clip below is the first episode, of season one, of the game show, ‘Solitary’, but, it’s not just any game show. Nine individuals are kept isolated for days and are tested mentally, physically and emotionally. They are deprived of sleep, food, and human contact if they fail certain tasks and rewarded if they succeed. It is an interesting social experiment. As the tasks get more difficult, some contestants open up more and reveal their true intentions, share their lives, break down, and/or push through.
Over a few months, I watched every episode of every season. As with any program, you have your favorites. I found myself laughing with some, crying with some and pulling for those who I connected with, for them to succeed. The series is very captivating, especially seeing how nine different individuals react to the same circumstances. In the beginning, many thought they would win the game because of either their physical strength or their intelligence. Neither proved to be the sole prerequisite to winning the game. In my opinion, keeping their emotions in check had more to do with them continuing on to the next phase, than anything else. Once their psyche was broken, brute force and intellect did not help them. In fact, during some tasks, some of the stronger contestants were beat by the physically weaker contestants; and, during some of the mental challenges, the more intelligent contestants were beat by the less intelligent.
The program shows how much human contact is important, but, it also shows how a person can either talk themselves into defeat or success. If you have any interest in how the human mind works, or wonder why you or anyone you know or have met, react to certain situations the way they do, I hope you watch the show.
Would you sign up for an experiment like this? Why? Why not? How far do you think you would last? =====>
Remember, in this game…as in life “You are competing only against yourself” 🙂
If the video above does not play, here is the link: http://www.hulu.com/watch/5272?c=Reality-and-Game-Shows/Competition#s-p2-n1-so-i0
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