We’ve always had names for our mythological heroes. Once we called them gods or demigods. Now we just call them superheroes. Children and adults like read comics, watch movies, or play video games, and think that they’d like to be powerful like that person. But what if they already are? The human body is a mystery even today, and hides many powerful secrets. What if you secretly had the power of telepathy or super strength? These are 5 superpowers you didn’t know you had! Let’s begin!
Would you consider it a superpower if you had a special, miracle chemical that increases your strength, reduces your ability to feel pain, makes you more perceptive, but also slows down your perception of time? Well you do. It’s called adrenaline. While you’re definitely familiar with the idea of adrenaline as a hormone that makes you feel good when you exercise or partake in risky behaviors, what you may not know is that it can also do crazy stuff to your body. Adrenaline is why some people believe humans can undertake insane feats of strength like lifting a car, moving with incapacitating, life-threatening injuries in dangerous situations, and just make the right decision when their lives – or the lives of their loved ones – are on the line.
4. Wim Hof Method
What if you could control the temperature of your body and your ability to handle the heat or cold at will? Well, you can… with years of training and experience using the wim hof method. Wim Hof created the self-named method of temperature control of the human body. Wim Hof, also known as the Ice Man, is an entertainer and guru who made waves because of his ability to handle insanely cold temperatures often considered unsafe for the human body. The method itself is simple in nature – meditate regularly, practice breathing exercise, and regularly expose yourself to short bursts of these extremely cold temperatures and your body will learn to adjust. This technique allowed Hof and his followers to event climb Mt. Everest.
3. Heal People with Love and Positivity
A common trope in media and video games is the idea that someone’s love or positive thoughts can heal people. By loving someone enough, you can make them better. This is actually mostly true. Studies have shown that empathy and a little TLC can do wonders for recovery from illness and injuries. When medical patients are treated in hospital, those who are treated with kindness and warmth make a quicker recovery than those who are treated with a cold, but professional distance. Similarly, people who recover at home with care from their loved ones recover more quickly from minor illnesses or injuries than those who live alone. While this may come down to the patient’s own state of mind, the ability to affect such positive change in another person in their time of need is a true super power.
What if your belief in magic and religion made it real? Well it sort of does. Studies have shown that people who believe in a religion are typically happier than their secular or atheist counterparts. They’re also more likely to experience significant spiritual or religious moments, and feel like in general their belief in their religion makes them better people and makes them feel rewarded. The foundation of this idea is also the basis of chaos magic, a sort of spiritual brain hack used by such minds as Grant Morrison and Alan Moore. Alan Moore believed so strongly that he’s even not one, not two, but three different encounters with John Constantine, a fictional character that he created.
What if you had the ability to not only know what people were thinking, but what they were going to say or do? Well you can with time, research, and a significant amount of experience with the person in question. Empathy is the idea that human beings can feel, know, and share what others are feeling. While some people are naturally more empathetic than others for a combination of reasons, with time and exposure anyone can learn to think what other people are thinking. Some people believe that empathy is the product of mirror neurons, special neurons in the brain entirely dedicated to reflection of the behavior of those around us, by mirroring their behavior, speech, and body language. The best part? This all takes place subconsciously, it’s so instinctive that you don’t even realize that you’re doing it.